Job 17:9
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New International Version
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

New Living Translation
The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.

English Standard Version
Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.

New American Standard Bible
"Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

King James Bible
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet the righteous person will hold to his way, and the one whose hands are clean will grow stronger.

International Standard Version
But the righteous person will hold to his way, and those with clean hands will grow stronger and stronger."

NET Bible
But the righteous man holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

New Heart English Bible
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, the righteous person clings to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet the righteous holdeth on his way, And he that hath clean hands waxeth stronger and stronger.

New American Standard 1977
“Nevertheless the righteous shall hold to his way,
            And he who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The righteous shall hold on to his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

King James 2000 Bible
The righteous also shall hold to his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

American King James Version
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

American Standard Version
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the just man shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

Darby Bible Translation
But the righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall increase in strength.

English Revised Version
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.

Webster's Bible Translation
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

World English Bible
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

Young's Literal Translation
And the righteous layeth hold on his way, And the clean of hands addeth strength, And -- dumb are they all.
Study Bible
Job Appeals from Men to God
8"The upright will be appalled at this, And the innocent will stir up himself against the godless. 9"Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger. 10"But come again all of you now, For I do not find a wise man among you.…
Cross References
James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Job 22:30
"He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."

Job 31:7
"If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.

Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
Treasury of Scripture

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

hold on

Psalm 84:7,11 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears …

Proverbs 4:18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shines more …

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident.

Isaiah 35:8-10 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called …

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

clean

Genesis 20:5 Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, …

Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up …

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Isaiah 1:15,16 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Mark 7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that …

be stronger and stronger. Heb. add strength

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases …

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Verse 9. - The righteous also; rather, yet the righteous. A strong opposing clause. Notwithstanding all the afflictions that befall him, and all the further afflictions which he anticipates, yet the truly righteous man shall hold on his way; i.e. maintain his righteous course, neither deviating from it to the right hand nor to the left, but holding to the strict line of rectitude without. wavering. Job is not thinking particularly of himself, but bent on testifying that righteous men generally act as they do, not from any hope of reward, but from principle and the bent of their characters. And he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Not only will the just man maintain his integrity, but, as time goes on, his goodness will be more and more firmly established (comp. Aristotle's 'Theory of Habits'). The righteous also shall hold on his way,.... He that is righteous, not in appearance but really, not in a legal but in an evangelic sense; who is justified by the righteousness of Job's living Redeemer, who lives by faith on his righteousness, and in consequence of that in holiness of life and conversation; such an one being in Christ the way of righteousness and salvation, and walking in the paths of faith, holiness, and truth, and in all the tracks of religious worship, private and public, he will persevere therein, and will not on any account depart out of the right way into which he has been led and directed. This is opposed to a going back, as some do, and to a turning to the right hand or the left, as others, and to a standing still, being stumbled, offended, and discouraged; and it supposes a progress, a going forward in the way, so as not to be moved out of it by their own, or the afflictions of others, by the reproaches and persecutions of men, the temptations of Satan, the snares, riches, honours, and pleasures of the world, or through darkness, desertion, and unbelief; they may indeed have many slips and falls, and be almost, but not altogether, out of the way, and never finally or to perdition; which is owing not to their conduct and care, might and strength, but to the power of God, and the supplies of his grace, to Christ and his strength, and to the Spirit and his influence, guidance, and direction:

and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger; or "add strength" (u); increase in it. This character is opposed to one of an immoral life and conversation, and describes one that is not guilty of any notorious crime, that does not live in any known sin, but in the general course of his life is upright and sincere, holy, harmless, and inoffensive; such a man as he is already a partaker of spiritual grace and strength, and so, as he wants more, it is given him; his spiritual strength is renewed, he goes from one degree of it to another, and even while walking in the way of God he finds an increase of it; yea, that itself is strength unto him; as his day is his strength is, to assist him in religious services, to enable him to resist his enemies, and endure afflictions, and continue in the good ways of God.

(u) "addet fortitudinem", Pagninus, Montanus. 9. The strength of religious principle is heightened by misfortune. The pious shall take fresh courage to persevere from the example of suffering Job. The image is from a warrior acquiring new courage in action (Isa 40:30, 31; Php 1:14).17:1-9 Job reflects upon the harsh censures his friends had passed upon him, and, looking on himself as a dying man, he appeals to God. Our time is ending. It concerns us carefully to redeem the days of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity. We see the good use the righteous should make of Job's afflictions from God, from enemies, and from friends. Instead of being discouraged in the service of God, by the hard usage this faithful servant of God met with, they should be made bold to proceed and persevere therein. Those who keep their eye upon heaven as their end, will keep their feet in the paths of religion as their way, whatever difficulties and discouragements they may meet with.
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