Job 23:10
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New International Version
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.

New Living Translation
"But he knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.

English Standard Version
But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

New American Standard Bible
"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

King James Bible
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet He knows the way I have taken; when He has tested me, I will emerge as pure gold.

International Standard Version
Because he knows the road on which I travel, when he had tested me, I'll come out like gold.

NET Bible
But he knows the pathway that I take; if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[I can't find him] because he knows the road I take. When he tests me, I'll come out as pure as gold.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he has known the way that I take; he has tried me, and I have come forth as gold.

King James 2000 Bible
But he knows the way that I take: when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

American King James Version
But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

American Standard Version
But he knoweth the way that I take; When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he knoweth my way, and has tried me as gold that passeth through the fire:

Darby Bible Translation
But he knoweth the way that I take; he trieth me, I shall come forth as gold.

English Revised Version
But he knoweth the way that I take; when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

World English Bible
But he knows the way that I take. When he has tried me, I shall come forth like gold.

Young's Literal Translation
For He hath known the way with me, He hath tried me -- as gold I go forth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:8-12 Job knew that the Lord was every where present; but his mind was in such confusion, that he could get no fixed view of God's merciful presence, so as to find comfort by spreading his case before him. His views were all gloomy. God seemed to stand at a distance, and frown upon him. Yet Job expressed his assurance that he should be brought forth, tried, and approved, for he had obeyed the precepts of God. He had relished and delighted in the truths and commandments of God. Here we should notice that Job justified himself rather than God, or in opposition to him, ch. 32:2. Job might feel that he was clear from the charges of his friends, but boldly to assert that, though visited by the hand of God, it was not a chastisement of sin, was his error. And he is guilty of a second, when he denies that there are dealings of Providence with men in this present life, wherein the injured find redress, and the evil are visited for their sins.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - But he knoweth the way that I take; or, the way that is with me. My inability to find God does not in any way interfere with his perfect knowledge of me. God knows both "the way of the righteous" (Psalm 1:6) "and "the way of the wicked," which" he turns upside down "(Psalm 146:9). He is "about our path, and about our bed, and spieth out all our ways" (Psalm 139:2). When he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold; i.e. as gold from the furnace, I shall come forth purified, when my trial is over (comp. Psalm 12:6; Isaiah 1:25; Jeremiah 6:29, 30; Jeremiah 9:7, etc.). Job seems at last to have woke up to the conception that there is a purifying power in affliction.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But he knoweth the way that I take,.... This he seems to say in a way of solace to himself, comforting and contenting himself, that though he could not find God, nor knew where he was, or what way he took, nor the reasons of his ways and dispensations with the children of men, and with himself, yet God knew where he was, and what way he took; by which he means either the way he took, being directed to it for his acceptance with God, his justification before him, and eternal salvation; which was his living Redeemer, he looked unto by faith for righteousness and eternal life: or rather the way and manner of life he took to, the course of his conversation, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord, in the paths of piety and truth, of righteousness and holiness; and this God knew not barely by his omniscience, as he knows all the ways of men, good and bad; his eyes are upon them, lie compasses them, and is thoroughly acquainted with them; but by way of approbation, he approved of it, and was well pleased with it, it being so agreeable to his revealed will, so pure and holy; thus the Lord knows the way of the righteous, Psalm 1:6;

when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold; as pure as gold, as free from dross as that, appear quite innocent of the charges brought against him, and shine in his integrity. He was as valuable and precious as gold, as all God's people are in his esteem, however reckoned of by others; they are precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold; not that they have any intrinsic, worth in themselves, they are in no wise the better than others by nature; but through the grace of God bestowed on them, which is as gold tried in the fire; and through the righteousness of Christ imputed to them, which is gold of Ophir, and clothing of wrought gold; and, on account of both, they are like a mass of gold, and are the chosen of God, and precious: this gold he tries, the Lord trieth the righteous; and which he does by afflictive providences; he puts them into the furnace of affliction, which is the fiery trial to try them; and hereby their graces are tried, their faith, hope, love, patience, &c. their principles and doctrines they embrace, whether they are gold, silver, and precious stones, or whether wood, hay, and stubble; the fire tries every man's work, of what sort it is, and whether they will abide by them and their profession also, whether they will adhere to it; and by this means he purges away their dross and tin, and they come out of the furnace as pure gold in great lustre and brightness, as those in Revelation 7:13; now Job was in this furnace and trying; and he was confident that, as he should come out of it, he should appear to great advantage, pure and spotless; though it may be he may have respect to his trial at the bar of justice, where he desired to be tried, and be brought under the strictest examination; and doubted not but he should be acquitted, and shine as bright as gold; nay, these words may be given as a reason why God would not be found by him as his Judge to try his cause, because he knew his uprightness and integrity, and that he must go from him acquitted and discharged; and therefore, for reasons unknown to him, declined the judging of him; to this purpose Jarchi interprets the words, which may be rendered, "for he knoweth the way that I take" (a); and therefore will not be seen by me, nor appear to judge me: "he hath tried me"; again and again, and has seen the integrity of my heart, as Sephorno interprets it, and well knows my innocence; see Psalm 17:3; and if he would try me again, "I shall come forth as gold"; quite clear of all charges and imputations; I am able to stand the strictest scrutiny: this he said as conscious of his uprightness, and of his strict regard to the ways and word of God, as follows; but this was a bold saying, and an unbecoming expression of his to God; and of which he afterwards was ashamed and repented, when God appeared and spoke to him out of the whirlwind.

(a) "quia", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Piscator, Michaelis; "nam", Tigurine version, Cocceius, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. But—correcting himself for the wish that his cause should be known before God. The omniscient One already knoweth the way in me (my inward principles: His outward way or course of acts is mentioned in Job 23:11. So in me, Job 4:21); though for some inscrutable cause He as yet hides Himself (Job 23:8, 9).

when—let Him only but try my cause, I shall, &c.

Job 23:10 Additional Commentaries
Job Responds: He Longs for God
9When He acts on the left, I cannot behold Him; He turns on the right, I cannot see Him. 10"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 11"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 3:15
If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved--even though only as one escaping through the flames.

1 Peter 1:7
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

Job 6:29
Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.

Job 7:18
that you examine them every morning and test them every moment?

Job 23:7
There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge.

Job 23:9
When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.

Job 31:6
let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless--

Psalm 7:9
Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure-- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts.

Psalm 11:5
The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.

Psalm 17:3
Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed.

Psalm 66:10
For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.

Zechariah 13:9
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"
Treasury of Scripture

But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

he knoweth

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

Psalm 1:6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly …

Psalm 139:1-3 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

the way that I take. Heb. the way that is with me. he hath

Job 1:11,12 But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will …

Job 2:5,6 But put forth your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and …

Deuteronomy 8:2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 66:10 For you, O God, have proved us: you have tried us, as silver is tried.

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

Malachi 3:2,3 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when …

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that …

James 1:2-4,12 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

I shall

Job 42:5-8 I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees you…

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