Job 31:24
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New International Version
"If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'

New Living Translation
"Have I put my trust in money or felt secure because of my gold?

English Standard Version
“If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence,

New American Standard Bible
"If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,

King James Bible
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust,

International Standard Version
"If I've put my confidence in gold, if I've told gold, 'You're my security,'

NET Bible
"If I have put my confidence in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security!'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If I put my confidence in gold or said to fine gold, 'I trust you'....

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I have made gold my hope or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

King James 2000 Bible
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence;

American King James Version
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence;

American Standard Version
If I have made gold my hope, And have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I have thought gold my strength, and have said to fine gold: My confidence:

Darby Bible Translation
If I have made gold my hope, or said to the fine gold, My confidence!

English Revised Version
If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

Webster's Bible Translation
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

World English Bible
"If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold, 'You are my confidence;'

Young's Literal Translation
If I have made gold my confidence, And to the pure gold have said, 'My trust,'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:24-32 Job protests, 1. That he never set his heart upon the wealth of this world. How few prosperous professors can appeal to the Lord, that they have not rejoiced because their gains were great! Through the determination to be rich, numbers ruin their souls, or pierce themselves with many sorrows. 2. He never was guilty of idolatry. The source of idolatry is in the heart, and it corrupts men, and provokes God to send judgments upon a nation. 3. He neither desired nor delighted in the hurt of the worst enemy he had. If others bear malice to us, that will not justify us in bearing malice to them. 4. He had never been unkind to strangers. Hospitality is a Christian duty, 1Pe 4:9.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - If I have made gold my hope. This is a sin with which the patriarch had not been directly charged. But it had been more or less insinuated (see Job 15:28; Job 20:10, 15, 19; Job 22:24, etc.). He may also, perhaps, have felt some inclination to it. Or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence. (On the wicked man's trust in riches, see Psalm 49:6; Psalm 52:7; Psalm 62:10; Mark 10:24; Luke 12:16-19.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If I have made gold my hope,.... Job here purges himself from idolatry in a figurative sense, as he afterwards does from it, taken in a literal sense; for covetousness is idolatry, and a covetous man is an idolater; he worships his gold and silver, placing his affections on them, and putting his trust and confidence in them, Ephesians 5:5; for to make gold the object or ground of hope is to place it in the room of God, who is the Hope of Israel, and in whom every good man should trust, and whom he should make his hope, Jeremiah 14:8; not gold on earth, but glory in heaven, is what the good man is hoping for; and not riches, but Christ and his righteousness, are the foundation of such an hope; to make gold our hope, is to have hope in this life, and to make a thing present the object of it; whereas true hope is of things not seen and future, and if only in this life good men have hope, they are of all most miserable; but they have in heavens better and a more enduring substance, and a better ground for hope of that substance, than worldly wealth and riches can give:

or have said to the fine gold, thou art my confidence; as bad men do, and good men are prone unto, and therefore to be cautioned against it, Psalm 49:6; for this is not only to trust in uncertain riches, and in unsatisfying ones, but to put them in the stead of God, who is or ought to be the confidence of the ends of the earth: not gold, but the living God, who gives all things richly to enjoy, is to be trusted in; when men covet riches, and trust in them as their security from evil, and that they may live independent of the providence of God, it is virtually to deny it, and carries in it secret atheism; as well as such a confidence is destruction of the worship of God, and such a temper makes a man an unprofitable hearer, plunges him into errors and hurtful lusts, and endangers his everlasting happiness, Habakkuk 2:9; in later times the Romans worshipped the goddess "Pecunia", or money, as Austin (z) relates.

(z) De Civitate Dei, l. 4. c. 21.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24, 25. Job asserts his freedom from trust in money (1Ti 6:17). Here he turns to his duty towards God, as before he had spoken of his duty towards himself and his neighbor. Covetousness is covert idolatry, as it transfers the heart from the Creator to the creature (Col 3:5). In Job 31:26, 27 he passes to overt idolatry.

Job 31:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Job's Final Appeal
23"For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His majesty I can do nothing. 24"If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust, 25If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much;…
Cross References
Mark 10:23
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"

Job 22:24
and assign your nuggets to the dust, your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,

Psalm 49:6
those who trust in their wealth and boast of their great riches?

Proverbs 10:15
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.

Jeremiah 9:23
This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,

Ezekiel 28:5
By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
Treasury of Scripture

If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, You are my confidence;

Genesis 31:1 And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away …

Deuteronomy 8:12-14 Lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, …

Psalm 49:6,7,17 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude …

Psalm 52:7 See, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted …

Psalm 62:10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches …

Proverbs 10:15 The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the …

Proverbs 11:28 He that trusts in his riches shall fall; but the righteous shall …

Proverbs 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny you, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I …

Mark 10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answers …

Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness…

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

1 Timothy 6:10,17 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted …

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