Job 9:31
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New International Version
you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.

New Living Translation
you would plunge me into a muddy ditch, and my own filthy clothing would hate me.

English Standard Version
yet you will plunge me into a pit, and my own clothes will abhor me.

New American Standard Bible
Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.

King James Bible
Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
then You dip me in a pit of mud, and my own clothes despise me!

International Standard Version
you'll still drop me into the Pit, and my own clothes will despise me.

NET Bible
then you plunge me into a slimy pit and my own clothes abhor me.

New Heart English Bible
yet you will plunge me in the ditch. My own clothes shall abhor me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then you would plunge me into a muddy pit, and my own clothes would find me disgusting.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet wilt Thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me.

New American Standard 1977
Yet Thou wouldst plunge me into the pit,
            And my own clothes would abhor me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
yet thou shalt plunge me into the pit, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet shall you plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

American King James Version
Yet shall you plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

American Standard Version
Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, And mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Yet thou shalt plunge me in filth, and my garments shall abhor me,

Darby Bible Translation
Then wouldest thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes would abhor me.

English Revised Version
Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet wilt thou plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

World English Bible
yet you will plunge me in the ditch. My own clothes shall abhor me.

Young's Literal Translation
Then in corruption Thou dost dip me, And my garments have abominated me.
Study Bible
Job: No Arbiter Between God and Man
30"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye, 31Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me. 32"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.…
Cross References
Job 9:30
"If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,

Job 9:32
"For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.

Job 35:3
"For you say, 'What advantage will it be to You? What profit will I have, more than if I had sinned?'

Nahum 3:6
"I will throw filth on you And make you vile, And set you up as a spectacle.
Treasury of Scripture

Yet shall you plunge me in the ditch, and my own clothes shall abhor me.

shalt

Job 9:20 If I justify myself, my own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am …

Job 15:6 Your own mouth comdemns you, and not I: yes, your own lips testify against you.

mine

Isaiah 59:6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves …

Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are …

Philippians 3:8,9 Yes doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency …

abhor me. or, make me to be abhorred

Verse 31. - Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch. Yet would God with ease undo his work, show his purity to be impure, his righteousness to be filthy rags, and thus, as it were, replunge him in the mire and clay from which he had sought to free himself, and hold him forth a more loathsome wretch than ever. And mine own clothes shall abhor me. So loathsome would he be that his very garments, stained and fouled by his disease, would shrink away from him and hate to touch him. Yet shall thou plunge me in the ditch,.... In the filthy ditch of sin, the pit wherein is no water, the horrible pit, the mire and clay, in which all unregenerate men are, and to which hypocrites return, as the swine to its wallowing in the mire; and in which impurity self-righteous persons are, and are sooner or later made to appear, notwithstanding all their outward righteousness, holiness, purity, and perfection they boast of; and though Job was neither of these, not an unregenerate man, nor an hypocrite, nor a self-righteous person; yet he knew that, in comparison of the perfect purity and holiness of God, he should appear exceedingly impure; and that God would treat him as such, and hold him out to the view of others as the filth of the world, and the offscouring of all things, by continuing his afflictions, from whence it would be concluded that he was the most impure person; and indeed by the ditch may be meant the ditch of afflictions, as Sephorno, either his present ones continued, his filthy ulcers and scabs, with which his body was covered all over, or new afflictions he would bring him into, where he would sink in deep mire, there being no standing, Psalm 69:2; some understand this of the grave, the ditch or pit of corruption, into which he should be cast, and there putrefy and rot: but the other senses seem best:

and mine own clothes shall abhor me; not his clothes in a literal sense; either while living, his filthy ulcers being such, that were his clothes sensible of them, they would loathe and abhor to touch him, and cover him; or when dead, his sepulchre garments, his shroud, or winding sheet, would disdain to cover such a filthy body, overspread with worms and dust; or as Vatablus paraphrases it, clothes do not become a dead body; or as Mr. Broughton,"when I go naked to the grave, as though my clothes loathed me:''but the words are rather to be understood figuratively, either of some of his friends that were as near and as close to him as his clothes, or had been, but now were estranged from him, and loathed and abhorred him, see Job 19:13; or better, of his best works of righteousness, which he put on as a robe, Job 29:14; and which are a covering to the saints before men, and are ornamental to them, though not justifying in the sight of God; and indeed in themselves, and compared with the holy law, and holy nature of God, are imperfect and impure; and if God was to enter into judgment with men, they would be so far from justifying them in his sight, or rendering them acceptable to him, that they would cause them to be abhorred by him, as all self-righteousness and self-righteous persons are, see Proverbs 21:27; yea, even the best works of men are but dung in the judgment of a good man himself, what then must they be in the account of God? Philippians 3:8; Job here, and in Job 9:30, has most exalted ideas of the purity, holiness, and majesty of God, so that no creature, nor creature holiness, be they ever so perfect, can stand before him, or be pure in his sight. 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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