English Standard Version
“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.
King James Bible
If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
American Standard Version
If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward him;
Rut thou hast hardened thy heart, and hast spread thy hands to him.
English Revised Version
If thou set thine heart aright, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
Webster's Bible Translation
If thou preparest thy heart, and stretchest out thy hands towards him;
Job 11:13 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
7 Canst thou find out the nature of Eloah,
And penetrate to the foundation of the existence of the Almighty?
8 It is as the heights of heaven-what wilt thou do?
Deeper than Hades-what canst thou know?
9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
The majority of modern commentators erroneously translate חקר searching equals comprehension, and תּכלית perfection, a meaning which this word never has. The former, indeed, signifies first in an active sense: finding out by search; and then also objectively: the object sought after: "the hidden ground" (Ewald), the depth (here and Job 38:16; also, according to Ew., Job 8:8, of the deep innermost thought). The latter denotes penetrating to the extreme, and then the extreme, πέρας, itself (Job 26:10; Job 28:3). In other words: the nature that underlies that which is visible as an object of search is called חקר; and the extreme of a thing, i.e., the end, without which the beginning and middle cannot be understood, is called תכלית. The nature of God may be sought after, but cannot be found out; and the end of God is unattainable, for He is both: the Perfect One, absolutus; and the Endless One, infinitus.
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1 Samuel 7:3
And Samuel said to all the house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your heart to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."
"Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
Why does your heart carry you away, and why do your eyes flash,
If you return to the Almighty you will be built up; if you remove injustice far from your tents,
You will make your prayer to him, and he will hear you, and you will pay your vows.
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted.
and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.
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