Job 9:30
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New International Version
Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with cleansing powder,

New Living Translation
Even if I were to wash myself with soap and clean my hands with lye,

English Standard Version
If I wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,

Berean Study Bible
If I should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye,

New American Standard Bible
"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,

King James Bible
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Christian Standard Bible
If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

Contemporary English Version
Even if I washed myself with the strongest soap,

Good News Translation
No soap can wash away my sins.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

International Standard Version
"If I wash myself with water from snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

NET Bible
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands clean with lye,

New Heart English Bible
If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I wash myself with lye soap and cleanse my hands with bleach,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean;

New American Standard 1977
“If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I wash myself with snow water and make my hands never so clean;

King James 2000 Bible
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands ever so clean;

American King James Version
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

American Standard Version
If I wash myself with snow water, And make my hands never so clean;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I be washed as it were with snow waters, and my hands shall shine ever so clean :

Darby Bible Translation
If I washed myself with snow-water, and cleansed my hands in purity,

English Revised Version
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Webster's Bible Translation
If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

World English Bible
If I wash myself with snow, and cleanse my hands with lye,

Young's Literal Translation
If I have washed myself with snow-water, And purified with soap my hands,
Study Bible
Job: How Can I Argue with God?
29Since I am already found guilty, why should I labor in vain? 30If I should wash myself with snow and cleanse my hands with lye, 31then You would plunge me into the pit, and even my own clothes would despise me!…
Cross References
Job 9:31
then You would plunge me into the pit, and even my own clothes would despise me!

Job 31:7
If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stuck to my hands,

Job 35:3
For you ask, ‘What does it profit You, and what benefit do I gain apart from sin?”

Jeremiah 2:22
Although you wash with lye and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before Me,” declares the Lord GOD.

Treasury of Scripture

If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Proverbs 28:13 He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoever confesses …

Isaiah 1:16-18 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Jeremiah 2:22 For though you wash you with nitre, and take you much soap, yet your …

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to …

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.







Verse 30. - If I wash myself with snow-water (comp. Psalm 51:7). If I should succeed in purging myself of all guilt, and establishing, so far as words can do it, my spotless innocence even then what advantage should I gain? Snow-water does not really cleanse what is defiled better than any other water, but a lively fancy might suppose it to do so. Job indulges in this fancy, but then checks himself, and adds a prosaic alternative. And make my hands never so clean; rather, and make my hands clean with lye. Lye, or potash, is the principal and most essential ingredient in soap. and the readiest and best detergent. If Job cleanses himself to the very utmost, "Cut bone?" he asks. If I wash myself with snow water,.... As it came from heaven, or flowed from the mountains covered with snow, as Lebanon, see Jeremiah 18:14; or was kept in vessels for such use, as being judged the best for such a purpose; so it was used by the ancients (n), as being what whitens the skin, and strengthens the parts by contracting the pores, and hindering perspiration; it signifies, in a figurative sense, that let him take what methods he would to cleanse himself from sin, they were all in vain, his iniquity would be seen, and remain marked before God; and indeed there is nothing that a man can do that will make him pure and clean in the sight of an holy God; this is not to be done by ceremonial ablutions, such as might be in use in Job's time, before the law of Moses was given, and to which he may have some reference; these only sanctified to the purifying of the flesh, or only externally, but could not purify the heart, so as to have no more conscience of sin; nor by moral duties, not by repentance, as Sephorno; a fountain, a flood, an ocean of tears of humiliation and repentance, would not wash away sin; if, instead of ten thousand rivers of oil, so many rivers of brinish tears could be produced, they would be of no avail to cleanse the sinner; nor any works of righteousness done by man, for these themselves need washing in the blood of the Lamb; for nothing short of the blood of Christ, and the grace of God, can do it:

and make my hands never so clean; the hands are what men work with, Ecclesiastes 9:10; and so may design good works, which are sometimes called clean hands; see Psalm 24:4; compared with Psalm 15:1; and may be said to be so when they are done well, from a pare heart, and faith unfeigned, without selfish and sordid views, with a single eye to the glory of God; which is doing them as well, and making the hands as clean, as well can be; yet these are of no avail with respect to justification before God, and acceptance with him, or with regard to salvation, which is all of grace, and not of works, be they what they will; some render the words, "and cleanse my hands with soap" (o), which cleanses them best of anything, see Jeremiah 2:22.

(n) "Discubuimus, pueris aquam nivalem in manus infundentibus", Petronius in Satyr. (o) Smegmate, Codurcus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt; so the Targum, and Mr. Broughton. 30. snow water—thought to be more cleansing than common water, owing to the whiteness of snow (Ps 51:7; Isa 1:18).

never so clean—Better, to answer to the parallelism of the first clause which expresses the cleansing material, "lye:" the Arabs used alkali mixed with oil, as soap (Ps 73:13; Jer 2:22).9:25-35 What little need have we of pastimes, and what great need to redeem time, when it runs on so fast towards eternity! How vain the enjoyments of time, which we may quite lose while yet time continues! The remembrance of having done our duty will be pleasing afterwards; so will not the remembrance of having got worldly wealth, when it is all lost and gone. Job's complaint of God, as one that could not be appeased and would not relent, was the language of his corruption. There is a Mediator, a Daysman, or Umpire, for us, even God's own beloved Son, who has purchased peace for us with the blood of his cross, who is able to save to the uttermost all who come unto God through him. If we trust in his name, our sins will be buried in the depths of the sea, we shall be washed from all our filthiness, and made whiter than snow, so that none can lay any thing to our charge. We shall be clothed with the robes of righteousness and salvation, adorned with the graces of the Holy Spirit, and presented faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. May we learn the difference between justifying ourselves, and being thus justified by God himself. Let the tempest-tossed soul consider Job, and notice that others have passed this dreadful gulf; and though they found it hard to believe that God would hear or deliver them, yet he rebuked the storm, and brought them to the desired haven. Resist the devil; give not place to hard thoughts of God, or desperate conclusions about thyself. Come to Him who invites the weary and heavy laden; who promises in nowise to cast them out.



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