Job 19:23
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New International Version
"Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,

New Living Translation
"Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,

English Standard Version
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

New American Standard Bible
"Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

King James Bible
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wish that my words were written down, that they were recorded on a scroll

International Standard Version
If only my words were written down; if only they were inscribed in a book

NET Bible
"O that my words were written down, O that they were written on a scroll,

New Heart English Bible
"Oh that my words were now written. Oh that they were inscribed in a scroll.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I wish now my words were written. I wish they were inscribed on a scroll.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

New American Standard 1977
“Oh that my words were written!
            Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Oh, that my words were now written! Oh, that they were printed in a book!

King James 2000 Bible
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

American King James Version
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

American Standard Version
Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will grant me that my words may be written? Who will grant me that they may be marked down in a book?

Darby Bible Translation
Oh would that my words were written! oh that they were inscribed in a book!

English Revised Version
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Webster's Bible Translation
Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

World English Bible
"Oh that my words were now written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

Young's Literal Translation
Who doth grant now, That my words may be written? Who doth grant that in a book they may be graven?
Study Bible
Job: My Redeemer Lives
22"Why do you persecute me as God does, And are not satisfied with my flesh? 23"Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! 24"That with an iron stylus and lead They were engraved in the rock forever!…
Cross References
Job 19:24
"That with an iron stylus and lead They were engraved in the rock forever!

Isaiah 30:8
Now go, write it on a tablet before them And inscribe it on a scroll, That it may serve in the time to come As a witness forever.

Jeremiah 36:2
"Take a scroll and write on it all the words which I have spoken to you concerning Israel and concerning Judah, and concerning all the nations, from the day I first spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.
Treasury of Scripture

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

Oh. Heb. Who will give, etc. my words

Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty …

Isaiah 8:1 Moreover the LORD said to me, Take you a great roll, and write in …

Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that …

oh that they were (Rather, 'Oh that they were described (yuchakoo) in a book, with an iron stile and lead! Were graven on a rock for ever!' Pliny observes, 'At first men wrote on palm leaves, and afterwards on the bark or rind of other trees. In process of time, public monuments were written on rolls of lead (plumbeis voluminibus); and those of a private nature on linen books, or tables covered with wax.')

(23) Oh that my words were now written!--Some understand this to refer to the words he is about to utter; by others they are interpreted generally. The former view is probably owing to the Christian acceptation given to them, and the consequently great importance attaching to them. Since, however, the three verses, Job 19:25-27, are manifestly more emphatic than any he has yet spoken, though they do not stand quite alone, there is no reason why it should not be especially these very words which he desires more than any others to have recorded. Perhaps the "now" = here shows this.

Oh that they were printed.--This points us to primitive time, when writing materials and the use of writing involved more or less of engraving, as, for instance, in later times was the case with tablets of wax.

Verse 23. - Oh that my words were written! It is questioned what words of his Job is so anxious to have committed to writing - those that precede the expression of the wish, or those that follow, or both. As there is nothing that is very remarkable in the preceding words, whereas the latter are among the most striking in the book, the general opinion has been that he refers to these last. It is now universally allowed, even by those whose date for Job is the most remote, that books were common long before his time, and so that he might naturally have been familiar with them. Writing is, of course, even anterior to books, and was certainly in use before B.C. 2000. The earliest writing was probably on stone or brick, and was perhaps in every case hieroglyphical. When writing on papyrus, or parchment, or the bark of trees, came into use, a cursive character soon superseded the hieroglyphical, though the latter continued In be employed for religious purposes, and for inscriptions on stone. Oh that they were printed in a book! rather, inscribed, or engraved. The impression of the characters below the surface of the writing material, as in the Babylonian and Assyrian clay-tablets, seems to be pointed at. O that my words were now written!.... Not his things (q), as some render it, his affairs, the transactions of his life; that so it might appear with what uprightness and integrity he had lived, and was not the bad man he was thought to be; nor the words he had delivered already, the apologies and defences he had made for himself, the arguments he had used in his own vindication, and the doctrines respecting God and his providence which he had laid down and asserted; and was so far from being ashamed of them, or retracting them, that he wishes they had been taken down in writing, that posterity might read and judge of the controversy between him and his friends; but rather the words he was about to deliver in Job 19:25, expressing his faith in Christ, in the resurrection of the dead, and in a future state of happiness and glory; these he wishes were "written", that they might remain as a standing testimony of his faith and hope; for what is written abides, when that which is only spoken is soon forgot, and not easily recalled:

O that they were printed in a book! not written on loose sheets, which might be lost, but in a book bound up, or rolled up in a volume, as was the custom of ancient times; though this cannot be understood of printing properly taken, which has not been in use but little more than five hundred years, but of engrossing, as of statutes and decrees in public records; and the word for "statutes comes" from this that is here used.

(q) "res meae", Polychronius apud Pinedam in loc. 23. Despairing of justice from his friends in his lifetime, he wishes his words could be preserved imperishably to posterity, attesting his hope of vindication at the resurrection.

printed—not our modern printing, but engraven.19:23-29 The Spirit of God, at this time, seems to have powerfully wrought on the mind of Job. Here he witnessed a good confession; declared the soundness of his faith, and the assurance of his hope. Here is much of Christ and heaven; and he that said such things are these, declared plainly that he sought the better country, that is, the heavenly. Job was taught of God to believe in a living Redeemer; to look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come; he comforted himself with the expectation of these. Job was assured, that this Redeemer of sinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin, was his Redeemer, and expected salvation through him; and that he was a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; and that at the last day he would appear as the Judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people. With what pleasure holy Job enlarges upon this! May these faithful sayings be engraved by the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. We are all concerned to see that the root of the matter be in us. A living, quickening, commanding principle of grace in the heart, is the root of the matter; as necessary to our religion as the root of the tree, to which it owes both its fixedness and its fruitfulness. Job and his friends differed concerning the methods of Providence, but they agreed in the root of the matter, the belief of another world.
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