New International Version
He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
New Living Translation
Even sinners will be rescued; they will be rescued because your hands are pure."
English Standard Version
He delivers even the one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
New American Standard Bible
"He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
King James Bible
He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
He will even rescue the guilty one, who will be rescued by the purity of your hands.
International Standard Version
He'll even deliver the guilty, who will be delivered through your innocence."
he will deliver even someone who is not innocent, who will escape through the cleanness of your hands."
GOD'S WORD® Translation
He will rescue one who is not innocent. That person will be rescued by your purity."
JPS Tanakh 1917
He delivereth him that is innocent, Yea, thou shalt be delivered through the cleanness of thy hands.
New American Standard 1977
“He will deliver one who is not innocent,
And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.”
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
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.
Verse 30. - He shall deliver the island of the innocent; rather, he shall deliver even him that is not innocent (see the Revised Version). It is now generally admitted that אי in this place is for אין, as in 1 Samuel 4:21; Proverbs 31:4. The meaning seems to be that God will deliver, at Job's prayer, even guilty persons, who will be delivered by the pureness of Job's hands. Eliphaz thus prophesies his own deliverance and that of his two friends from God's wrath at the intercession of Job, as actually came to pass afterwards (see Job 42:7-9).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
He shall deliver the island of the innocent,.... But where is there such an island, an island of innocent persons? it seems to be better rendered by others, "the innocent shall deliver the island" (s): good men are sometimes, by their counsel and advice, and especially by their prayers, the means of delivering an island or country from ruin and destruction: but the word rendered "island" is a negative particle, as in 1 Samuel 4:21; and signifies "not"; and so in the Targum; which is
"a man that is not innocent shall be delivered:''
in like manner Jarchi interprets it, and so do Noldius (t) and others (u); and the sense is, that Job, for he is the person spoken of, as appears from the following clause, should not only be beneficial by his prayers, to humble and good men, but even to the wicked, such as were not innocent and free from fault and punishment, but guilty, and obnoxious to wrath and ruin; and yet such should escape it, at least for the present, through the prayers and intercession of Job; or God should do this for Job's sake and his prayers:
and it is, or "he is"
delivered by the pureness of thine hands; either by his good works, setting a good example, which, being followed, would be the means of the prevention of present ruin; or by his lifting up pure and holy hands in prayer to God for a sinful people; which God often attends to and hears, and so delivers them from destruction; as the Israelites were delivered through the prayer of Moses, when they had made the golden calf, and worshipped it; see Psalm 106:19; though sometimes God will not admit of an intercessor for such persons, Ezekiel 14:20.
(s) "innocens insulam liberabit", Montanus; so Pagninus, Vatablus. (t) Concordant. Ebr. Part. p. 25. No. 135. (u) "non innocentem", Drusius, Piscator, Michaelis; "non insontem", Schultens; to the same sense Beza, Mercerus, Codurcus, Junius, & Tremellius.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
30. island—that is, "dwelling." But the Hebrew expresses the negative (1Sa 4:21); translate "Thus He (God) shall deliver him who was not guiltless," namely, one, who like Job himself on conversion shall be saved, but not because he was, as Job so constantly affirms of himself, guiltless, but because he humbles himself (Job 22:29); an oblique attack on Job, even to the last.
and it—Rather, "he (the one not heretofore guiltless) shall be delivered through the purity (acquired since conversion) of thy hands"; by thy intercession (as Ge 18:26, etc.). [Maurer]. The irony is strikingly exhibited in Eliphaz unconsciously uttering words which exactly answer to what happened at last: he and the other two were "delivered" by God accepting the intercession of Job for them (Job 42:7, 8).
Job 22:30 Additional Commentaries
Eliphaz Accuses and Exhorts Job
…29"When you are cast down, you will speak with confidence, And the humble person He will save. 30"He will deliver one who is not innocent, And he will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands."
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.
Then Job replied:
After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.
So now take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and sacrifice a burnt offering for yourselves. My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has."
The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
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