Job 19:27
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New International Version
I myself will see him with my own eyes--I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

New Living Translation
I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!

English Standard Version
whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!

New American Standard Bible
Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!

King James Bible
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Christian Standard Bible
I will see him myself; my eyes will look at him, and not as a stranger. My heart longs within me.

Contemporary English Version
Yes, I will see him for myself, and I long for that moment.

Good News Translation
I will see him with my own eyes, and he will not be a stranger. My courage failed because you said,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will see Him myself; my eyes will look at Him, and not as a stranger. My heart longs within me.

International Standard Version
whom I will see for myself. My own eyes will look at him— there won't be anyone else for me!— He is the culmination of my innermost desire."

NET Bible
whom I will see for myself, and whom my own eyes will behold, and not another. My heart grows faint within me.

New Heart English Bible
Whom I, even I, shall see on my side. My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. "My heart is consumed within me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will see him with my own eyes, not with someone else's. My heart fails inside me!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Whom I, even I, shall see for myself, And mine eyes shall behold, and not another's. My reins are consumed within me.

New American Standard 1977
Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes shall see and not another. My heart faints within me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another, though my kidneys be consumed within me.

King James 2000 Bible
Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my heart be consumed within me.

American King James Version
Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

American Standard Version
Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side, And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. My heart is consumed within me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whom I myself shall see, and my eyes shall behold, and not another: this my hope is laid up in my bosom.

Darby Bible Translation
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another: -- my reins are consumed within me.

English Revised Version
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another. My reins are consumed within me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

World English Bible
Whom I, even I, shall see on my side. My eyes shall see, and not as a stranger. "My heart is consumed within me.

Young's Literal Translation
Whom I -- I see on my side, And mine eyes have beheld, and not a stranger, Consumed have been my reins in my bosom.
Study Bible
Job: My Redeemer Lives
26"Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me! 28"If you say, 'How shall we persecute him?' And 'What pretext for a case against him can we find?'…
Cross References
Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 118:6
The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
Treasury of Scripture

Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

I shall

Numbers 24:17 I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near: there …

Isaiah 26:19 Your dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. …

another. Heb. a stranger. though my reins, etc. or, my reins within me are consumed with earnest desire [for that day.]

Psalm 119:81 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word.

Philippians 1:23 For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart, and …

within me. Heb. in my bosom

(27) My reins be consumed within me.--i.e., with longing to see Him; literally, my reins are consumed in my bosom. The words "in my flesh" may mean from my flesh, or, without my flesh. Taken in the former sense and applied to the future, it is hard not to recognise in them, at the least, some dim conception of a resurrection.

(27) Whom I shall see for myself.--The words "see for myself" may mean see on my side, i.e., as my Judge and Avenger; or they may be the personal intensifying of the conviction which seems confirmed by the words, "and not a stranger." Do Job's words then teach the doctrine of the resurrection? Possibly not directly, but they express the firm conviction of that faith of which the resurrection is the only natural justification; they express a living trust in a living personal God, who, if He is to come into contact with man, cannot suffer His Holy One to see corruption nor leave His soul in hell. How far Job believed in the resurrection of the flesh hereafter, he certainly believed there was life out of death and through death here; and no man can believe in a living God and not believe that He must and will triumph over death. It is possible for us to believe in some dogma about the resurrection, and yet not believe in God. In this respect we shall be unlike Job. It is impossible for us to believe as he did and not be ready and thankful to believe in the resurrection of Christ, and of those who belong to Christ, as soon as the fact is proclaimed to us on sufficient authority. In this way, and for this reason, the confession of Job rightly stands at the head of the Christian Office for the Burial of the Dead, which looks forward to the resurrection, and lays fast hold thereon. Those who decline to see in Job's confession any knowledge or hope of a resurrection, must not forget that they have also to explain and account for Isaiah 26:19.

Verse 27. - Whom I shall see for myself. Not by proxy, i.e. or through faith, or in a vision, but really, actually, I shall see him for myself. As Schultens observes, an unmistakable tone of exultation and triumph pervades the passage. And mine eyes shall behold, and not another; i.e. "not the eyes of another." I myself, retaining my personal identity, "the same true living man," shall with my own eyes look on my Redeemer. Though my reins be consumed within me. There is no "though "in the original. The clause is detached and independent, nor is it very easy to trace any connection between it and the rest of the verse. Schultens, however, thinks Job to mean that he is internally consumed by a burning desire to see the sight of which he has spoken. (So also Dr. Stanley Leathes.) Whom I shall see for myself,.... For his pleasure and profit, to his great advantage and happiness, and to his inexpressible joy and satisfaction, see Psalm 17:15;

and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; or "a stranger" (h); these very selfsame eyes of mine I now see with will behold this glorious Person, God in my nature, and not the eyes of another, of a strange body, a body not my own; or as I have seen him with my spiritual eyes, with the eyes of faith and knowledge, as my living Redeemer, so shall I see him with my bodily eyes after the resurrection, and enjoy uninterrupted communion with him, which a stranger shall not; one that has never known anything of him, or ever intermeddled with the joy of saints here, such shall not see him hereafter, at least with pleasure; like Balaam, they may see him, but not nigh, may behold him, but afar off: though "my reins be consumed within me"; or "in my bosom";

though; this word may be left out, and be read,

my reins are consumed within me; or, "within my bosom" (i); and both being the seat of the affections and desires, may signify his most earnest and eager desire after the state of the resurrection of the dead; after such a sight of God in his flesh, of the incarnate Redeemer, he believed he should have, insomuch that it ate up his spirits, as the Psalmist says, zeal for the house of God ate up his, Psalm 69:9; it was not the belief of restoration of health, and to his former outward happiness, and a deliverance from his troubles, and a desire after that, which is here expressed; for he had no faith in that, nor hope, nor expectation of it, as appears by various expressions of his; but much greater, more noble, more refined enjoyments, were experienced by him now, and still greater he expected hereafter; and his words concerning these were what he wished were written, and printed, and engraven; which, if they only respected outward happiness, he would never have desired; and though he had not his wish in his own way, yet his words are written and printed in a better book than he had in his view, and will outlast engravings with an iron pen on sheets of lead, or marble rocks. The Vulgate Latin version seems to incline to this sense,

"this here is laid up in my bosom,''

that is, of seeing God in my flesh; so the Tigurine version, rather as a paraphrase than a version, "which is my only desire".

(h) "alienus", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus; "extraneus", Drusius. (i) "in sinu meo", Pagninus, Montanus, &c. 27. for myself—for my advantage, as my friend.

not another—Mine eyes shall behold Him, but no longer as one estranged from me, as now [Bengel].

though—better omitted.

my reins—inward recesses of the heart.

be consumed within me—that is, pine with longing desire for that day (Ps 84:2; 119:81). The Gentiles had but few revealed promises: how gracious that the few should have been so explicit (compare Nu 24:17; Mt 2:2).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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