Job 23:12
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New International Version
I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.

New Living Translation
I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.

English Standard Version
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

New American Standard Bible
"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

King James Bible
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily food.

International Standard Version
I haven't wandered away from the commands that he has spoken; I've treasured what he has said more than my own meals."

NET Bible
I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my allotted portion.

New Heart English Bible
I haven't gone back from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have not left his commands behind. I have treasured his words in my heart.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have not gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured up the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

New American Standard 1977
“I have not departed from the command of His lips;
            I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither have I separated myself from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

American King James Version
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

American Standard Version
I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have laid up the words of his mouth more than the purpose of my own heart.

English Revised Version
I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

World English Bible
I haven't gone back from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Young's Literal Translation
The command of His lips, and I depart not. Above my allotted portion I have laid up The sayings of His mouth.
Study Bible
Job Responds: He Longs for God
11"My foot has held fast to His path; I have kept His way and not turned aside. 12"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. 13"But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.…
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 15:11
"Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word spoken gently with you?

Job 22:22
"Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.

Job 23:13
"But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.

Proverbs 30:8
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,

Jeremiah 15:16
Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

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John 6:66-69 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him…

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

I have esteemed. Heb. hid, or, laid up

Job 22:22 Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Psalm 19:9,10 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of …

Psalm 119:11,103,127 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you…

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

John 4:32,34 But he said to them, I have meat to eat that you know not of…

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

necessary food. or, appointed portion

Luke 12:42,46 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom …

(12) I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.--Comp. John 4:32-34. Or, I have treasured up the words, &c., according to the statute prescribed to me, or from my own law: i.e., "I made it a principle with myself to treasure up the words of His mouth." The LXX. and the Vulg. have a differing reading, and render in my bosom.

Verse 12. - Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips. Professor Lee rightly observes that this declaration "takes it for granted that, at least, some precepts of God had been revealed before this time" ('Book of Job,' p. 370). Them were "commandments" which Job recognized as having proceeded from God, and "words" which he looked upon as being the utterances of his mouth. This is strong evidence of a primeval revelation which, if not reduced to writing, had, at any rate, been handed down by tradition to Job's day. Genesis 3:14-19 and Genesis 9:1-7 may afford the true explanation of this difficulty. I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. This is scarcely strong enough. Job says, "I have treasured up taken to myself, and preserved the words of his mouth," either "more than my necessary food" or "more than my own law." If the former rendering be preferred, there is no need of explanation; if the latter, we must regard "my own law" as meaning "the law of my own mind, my own will, the will of the natural man" (Cook). Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips,.... From any of the commandments his lips had uttered; meaning not the ten commandments given to Israel, which perhaps as yet were not given, or had not come to the knowledge of Job; some speak of the seven commandments, given to the sons of Noah; See Gill on Genesis 9:4. It seems to design any and every commandment that God had given to Noah or Abraham, or any of the patriarchs, before the times of Job, and which he had knowledge of, and which he carefully observed, kept close to, and did not deviate from; but made it the rule of his walk and practice:

I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food; the words of the Lord, the doctrines of grace that came from his mouth, are food for faith; there are in them milk for babes, and meat for strong men; they are savoury, salutary, and wholesome words, by which the people of God are nourished up unto eternal life; and they are esteemed by them more than the food that is necessary and convenient for their bodies; see Proverbs 30:8; for as the soul is preferable to the body, so the food of the one is preferable to the food of the other, and is sweeter, as the words of God are, to the taste of a believer, than honey, or the honeycomb: or "I have hid or laid up, the words of his mouth" (b); he had laid them up in his heart, in order to meditate upon them, and receive comfort and spiritual nourishment from them when he should want it, as men lay up their food in a proper place against the time they want it for their support and refreshment; and Job was more careful to lay up the one than the other; see Psalm 119:11; here Job meets with, and has respect unto, the advice of Eliphaz, Job 22:22; and signifies that he had no need to have given him it, he had done this already.

(b) "abscondi", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius; "recondidi", Tigurine version, Beza, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius, Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens; so Broughton. 12. esteemed—rather, "laid up," namely, as a treasure found (Mt 13:44; Ps 119:11); alluding to the words of Eliphaz (Job 22:22). There was no need to tell me so; I have done so already (Jer 15:16).

necessary—"Appointed portion" (of food; as in Pr 30:8). Umbreit and Maurer translate, "More than my law," my own will, in antithesis to "the words of His mouth" (Joh 6:38). Probably under the general term, "what is appointed to me" (the same Hebrew is in Job 23:14), all that ministers to the appetites of the body and carnal will is included.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.
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