Job 22:22
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New International Version
Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.

New Living Translation
Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart.

English Standard Version
Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

New American Standard Bible
"Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.

King James Bible
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Receive instruction from His mouth, and place His sayings in your heart.

International Standard Version
Accept what he has to teach you, and treasure his words in your heart.

NET Bible
Accept instruction from his mouth and store up his words in your heart.

New Heart English Bible
Please receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Accept instruction from his mouth, and keep his words in your heart.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Receive, I pray thee, instruction from His mouth, And lay up His words in thy heart.

New American Standard 1977
“Please receive instruction from His mouth,
            And establish His words in your heart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

King James 2000 Bible
Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

American King James Version
Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

American Standard Version
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, And lay up his words in thy heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Receive the law of his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.

Darby Bible Translation
Receive, I pray thee, instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.

English Revised Version
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thy heart.

World English Bible
Please receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Young's Literal Translation
Receive, I pray thee, from His mouth a law, And set His sayings in thy heart.
Study Bible
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job
21"Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you. 22"Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart. 23"If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored; If you remove unrighteousness far from your tent,…
Cross References
Job 6:10
"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job 23:12
"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Ezekiel 3:10
Moreover, He said to me, "Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely.
Treasury of Scripture

Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

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Deuteronomy 4:1,2 Now therefore listen, O Israel, to the statutes and to the judgments, …

Proverbs 2:1-9 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you…

1 Thessalonians 4:1,2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

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Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have …

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart…

Psalm 119:11 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Proverbs 4:4,21 He taught me also, and said to me, Let your heart retain my words: …

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me …

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

Matthew 13:52 Then said he to them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed …

Luke 2:19,51 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart…

(22) The law from his mouth.--It would be highly interesting to know whether by this law (Torah), the Law, the Torah, was in any way alluded to. One is naturally disposed to think that since Job seems to be the one Gentile book of the Old Testament, the one book in which the literature of Israel touches the world at large, it must, therefore, be prior to the Law, or else have been written in independence and ignorance of it. The former seems by far the more reasonable supposition, and certainly the life depicted appears to be that of the patriarchal times before the giving of the Law. And yet, on the other hand, it is hard to know what could be meant by "His words" prior to the Mosaic Revelation, unless, indeed, the expression is a witness to the consciousness of that inner revelation of the voice of God in the conscience which the holy in all ages have never wanted.

Verse 22. - Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth; or, receive now instruction from his mouth. The supposition of some commentators, that the "Law of Moses" is intended, is negatived by the entire absence from the Book of any allusion to the details of the Mosaic legislation, as well as by the primitive character of the life depicted in the book, and the certainty that no one of the interlocutors is an Israelite. The Hebrew תּורה, without the article prefixed, is properly "instruction," and is only to be assumed as meaning "the Law" when the context shows this meaning to be probable. The "instruction" to which Eliphaz here points, and which he regards as instruction from God's mouth, is probably the teaching of religious men, such as himself, which he considered to have come from God originally, though, perhaps, he could not have explained how. And lay up his words in thine heart. This is a mere variant of the preceding clause, and adds no fresh idea. Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth,.... Not the law of Moses; for it is a question whether that was as yet, or could come to the knowledge of Job; rather any doctrine, as the word signifies, any revelation of the mind and will of God, made unto the patriarchs in former times, and which was handed down from one to another, and was to be received as coming from the mouth of God, not as the word of man, but as the word of God; and as such to be received with meekness and reverence, with readiness, cheerfulness, and gladness; and not only to be attended to but obeyed:

and lay up his words in thine heart: as a rich treasure, very valuable, and preferable to gold, silver, and precious stones, laid up in chests and cabinets because of their value, and that they might not be lost, but be preserved safe and sure, and that they might be come at, and made use of on proper occasions; as the words of God and doctrines of the Scriptures may be, against the temptations of Satan, the lusts of the flesh, and for the instruction of ourselves and others; and therefore should be retained in our minds, hid in our hearts, and dwell richly in us; and, unless they are in the heart, and have a place there, they will be of little avail to have them in the head or on the tongue; but if they come with power into the heart, and have a place there, they work effectually, and influence the life and conversation: these Job had, and had a great value for them; see Job 6:10. 22. lay up—(Ps 119:11).22:21-30 The answer of Eliphaz wrongly implied that Job had hitherto not known God, and that prosperity in this life would follow his sincere conversion. The counsel Eliphaz here gives is good, though, as to Job, it was built upon a false supposition that he was a stranger and enemy to God. Let us beware of slandering our brethren; and if it be our lot to suffer in this manner, let us remember how Job was treated; yea, how Jesus was reviled, that we may be patient. Let us examine whether there may not be some colour for the slander, and walk watchfully, so as to be clear of all appearances of evil.
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