Job 31:20
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New International Version
and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,

New Living Translation
did they not praise me for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?

English Standard Version
if his body has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

New American Standard Bible
If his loins have not thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

King James Bible
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,

International Standard Version
if he hadn't thanked me from the bottom of his heart, if he had not been warmed by wool from my sheep,

NET Bible
whose heart did not bless me as he warmed himself with the fleece of my sheep,

New Heart English Bible
if his heart hasn't blessed me, if he hasn't been warmed with my sheep's fleece;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(If his body didn't bless me, or the wool from my sheep didn't keep him warm....)

JPS Tanakh 1917
If his loins have not blessed me, And if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

New American Standard 1977
If his loins have not thanked me,
            And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

Jubilee Bible 2000
if his loins have not blessed me and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

King James 2000 Bible
If his heart has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

American King James Version
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

American Standard Version
If his loins have not blessed me, And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If his sides have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep:

Darby Bible Translation
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs;

English Revised Version
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Webster's Bible Translation
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

World English Bible
if his heart hasn't blessed me, if he hasn't been warmed with my sheep's fleece;

Young's Literal Translation
If his loins have not blessed me, And from the fleece of my sheep He doth not warm himself,
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
19If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering, 20If his loins have not thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw I had support in the gate,…
Cross References
Job 22:6
"For you have taken pledges of your brothers without cause, And stripped men naked.

Job 31:19
If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering,

Job 31:21
If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw I had support in the gate,

Isaiah 58:7
"Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry And bring the homeless poor into the house; When you see the naked, to cover him; And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Ezekiel 18:16
or oppress anyone, or retain a pledge, or commit robbery, but he gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with clothing,
Treasury of Scripture

If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Job 29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, …

Deuteronomy 24:13 In any case you shall deliver him the pledge again when the sun goes …

Verse 20. - If his loins have not blessed me (see above, Job 29:11, 13), and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep. Clothed, i.e., with a garment spun from wool yielded by my own sheep. A great sheikh like Job would keep in store many such garments, ready to be given to such as were naked or poorly clad, when they came under his observation (Isaiah 58:7). If his loins have not blessed me,.... Which were girded and covered with garments he gave him; which, as often as he put on and girded his loins with, put him in mind of his generous benefactor, and this put him upon sending up an ejaculatory wish to heaven, that all happiness and blessedness might attend him, who had so comfortably clothed him; see Job 29:13;

and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; not with a fleece of wool as taken off the back of the sheep, or with a sheep's skin, having the wool on it, but with it, as made up into cloth; with a woollen garment, which was a kind of clothing that very early obtained, and is what is warm and comfortable, see Deuteronomy 22:11. Job clothed the naked, not with gay apparel, which was not necessary, but with decent and useful raiment, and not with the fleece of other men's sheep, but with the fleece of his own sheep, or with cloth made of the wool of his own flock, giving what was his own and not others; which always should be observed in acts of charity; see 2 Samuel 12:4. Thus Christ, the antitype of Job, feeds the poor and the fatherless whom he finds, though he does not leave them so; it is at his own table, and with his own bread, with provisions of his own making; and clothes them with the robe of his righteousness, and garments of salvation, which is a clothing and a covering to them, and secures them from perishing, and causes joy and gladness in them, Isaiah 61:10. 20. loins—The parts of the body benefited by Job are poetically described as thanking him; the loins before naked, when clad by me, wished me every blessing.31:16-23 Job's conscience gave testimony concerning his just and charitable behaviour toward the poor. He is most large upon this head, because in this matter he was particularly accused. He was tender of all, and hurtful to none. Notice the principles by which Job was restrained from being uncharitable and unmerciful. He stood in awe of the Lord, as certainly against him, if he should wrong the poor. Regard to worldly interests may restrain a man from actual crimes; but the grace of God alone can make him hate, dread, and shun sinful thoughts and desires.
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