Job 13:18
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English Standard Version
Behold, I have prepared my case; I know that I shall be in the right.

King James Bible
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

American Standard Version
Behold now, I have set my cause in order; I know that I am righteous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I shall be judged, I know that I shall be found just.

English Revised Version
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I am righteous.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold now, I have ordered my cause; I know that I shall be justified.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

12 Your memorable words are proverbs of dust,

Your strongholds are become strongholds of clay!

13 Leave me in peace, and I will speak,

And let what will come on me.

14 Wherefore should I bear my flesh in my teeth?

I take my soul in my hands.

15 Behold, He slayeth me-I wait for Him:

I will only prove my way before Him.

16 Even this would by my salvation,

That a hypocrite dare not appear before Him.

The words by which they exhort and warn him are called זכרנים, not because they recall the experience and teaching of the ancients (Hirz.), but as sayings to which attention and thought should be given, with the tone of זכר־נא, Job 4:7 (Hahn); as ספר זכרון, Malachi 3:16, the book of remembrance; and ספר זכרנות, Esther 6:1, the book of memorabilia or memoranda. These their loci communes are proverbs of ashes, i.e., proverbs which in respect to the present case, say nothing, passing away like ashes (אפר equals vanity, Isaiah 44:20). While Job 13:12 says what their speeches, with the weighty nota bene, are, Job 13:12 says what their גּבּים become; for ל always denotes a κίνησις equals γένεσις, and is never the exponent of the predicate in a simple clause.

(Note: The Jewish expositors compare 1 Chronicles 3:2 on לגבי, but the ל there in לאבשׁלום is a clerical error (comp. 2 Samuel 3:3). Reiske conjectures רגבי (lumps of clay), one of the best among his most venturesome conjectures.)

Like the Arabic dahr, גּב signifies a boss, back, then protection, bulwark, rampart: their arguments or proofs are called גבים (עצּמות, Isaiah 41:21; comp. ὀχυρώματα, 2 Corinthians 10:4); these ramparts which they throw up become as ramparts of clay, will be shown to be such by their being soon broken through and falling in. Their reasons will not stand before God, but, like clay that will not hold together, fall to pieces.

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I have ordered

Job 16:21 O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!

Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 40:7 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare you to me.

I know

Job 9:2,3,20 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God...

Job 40:7,8 Gird up your loins now like a man: I will demand of you, and declare you to me...

Isaiah 43:26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare you, that you may be justified.

Romans 8:33,34 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifies...

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

Cross References
Job 6:29
Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake.

Job 9:21
I am blameless; I regard not myself; I loathe my life.

Job 10:7
although you know that I am not guilty, and there is none to deliver out of your hand?

Job 12:4
I am a laughingstock to my friends; I, who called to God and he answered me, a just and blameless man, am a laughingstock.

Job 13:17
Keep listening to my words, and let my declaration be in your ears.

Job 23:4
I would lay my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 27:6
I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.

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