Job 23:12
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English Standard Version
I have not departed from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food.

King James Bible
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

American Standard Version
I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.

English Revised Version
I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 Will He contend with me with great power?

No, indeed; He will only regard me!

7 Then the upright would be disputing with Him,

And I should for ever escape my judge.

8 Yet I go eastward, He is not there,

And westward, but I perceive Him not;

9 Northwards where He worketh, but I behold Him not;

He turneth aside southwards, and I see Him not.

The question which Job, in Job 23:6, puts forth: will He contend with me in the greatness or fulness of His strength, i.e., (as Job 30:18) with a calling forth of all His strength? he himself answers in Job 23:6, hoping that the contrary may be the case: no, indeed, He will not do that.

(Note: With this interpretation, לא should certainly have Rebia mugrasch; its accentuation with Mercha proceeds from another interpretation, probably non ituque ponet in me (manum suam), according to which the Targ. translates. Others, following this accentuation, take לא in the sense of הלא (vid., in Dachselt), or are at pains to obtain some other meaning from it.)

לא is here followed not by the כּי, which is otherwise customary after a negation in the signification imo, but by the restrictive exceptive אך, which never signifies sed, sometimes verum tamen (Psalm 49:16; comp. supra, Job 13:15), but here, as frequently, tantummodo, and, according to the hyperbaton which has been mentioned so often, is placed at the beginning of the sentence, and belongs not to the member of the sentence immediately following it, but to the whole sentence (as in Arabic also the restrictive force of the Arab. innamâ never falls upon what immediately follows it): He will do nothing but regard me (ישׂים, scil. לב, elsewhere with על of the object of regard or reflection, Job 34:23; Job 37:15; Judges 19:30, and without an ellipsis, ch. Job 1:8; also with אל, Job 2:3, or ל, 1 Samuel 9:20; here designedly with בּ, which unites in itself the significations of the Arab. b and fı̂, of seizing, and of plunging into anything). Many expositors (Hirz., Ew., and others) understand Job 23:6 as expressing a wish: "Shall He contend with me with overwhelming power? No, I do not desire that; only that He may be a judge attentive to the cause, not a ruler manifesting His almighty power." But Job 23:6, taken thus, would be purely rhetorical, since this question (shall He, etc.) certainly cannot be seriously propounded by Job; accordingly, Job 23:6 is not intended as expressing a wish, but a hope. Job certainly wishes the same thing in Job 9:34; Job 13:21; but in the course of the discussion he has gradually acquired new confidence in God, which here once more breaks through. He knows that God, if He would but be found, would also condescend to hear his defence of himself, that He would allow him to speak, and not overwhelm him with His majesty.

Job 23:12 Parallel Commentaries

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John 6:66-69 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him...

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

Hebrews 10:38,39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him...

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...

I have esteemed. Heb. hid, or, laid up

Job 22:22 Receive, I pray you, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Psalm 19:9,10 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether...

Psalm 119:11,103,127 Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you...

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I did eat them; and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name...

John 4:32,34 But he said to them, I have meat to eat that you know not of...

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:

necessary food. or, appointed portion

Luke 12:42,46 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household...

Cross References
Job 6:10
This would be my comfort; I would even exult in pain unsparing, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

Job 15:11
Are the comforts of God too small for you, or the word that deals gently with you?

Job 22:22
Receive instruction from his mouth, and lay up his words in your heart.

Job 23:13
But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.

Proverbs 30:8
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me,

Jeremiah 15:16
Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.

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