Job 31:20
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English Standard Version
if his body has not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

King James Bible
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

American Standard Version
If his loins have not blessed me, And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If his sides have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep:

English Revised Version
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Webster's Bible Translation
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

13 If I despised the cause of my servant and my maid,

When they contended with me:

14 What should I do, if God should rise up,

And if He should make search, what should I answer Him?

15 Hath not He who formed me in the womb formed him also,

And hath not One fashioned us in the belly?

It might happen, as Job 31:13 assumes, that his servant or his maid (אמה, Arab. amatun, denotes a maid who is not necessarily a slave, ‛abde, as Job 19:15, whereas שׁפחה does not occur in the book) contended with him, and in fact so that they on their part began the dispute (for, as the Talmud correctly points out, it is not בּריבי עמּם, but בּריבם עמּדי), but he did not then treat them as a despot; they were not accounted as res but personae by him, he allowed them to maintain their personal right in opposition to him. Christopher Scultetus observes here: Gentiles quidem non concedebant jus servo contra dominum, cui etiam vitae necisque potestas in ipsum erat; sed Iob amore justitiae libere se demisit, ut vel per alios judices aut arbitros litem talem curaret decidi vel sibi ipsi sit moderatus, ut juste pronuntiaret. If he were one who despised (אמאס not מאסתּי) his servants' cause: what should he do if God arose and entered into judgment; and if He should appoint an examination (thus Hahn correctly, for the conclusion shows that פקד is here a synon. of בחן Psalm 17:3, and חקר Psalm 44:22, Arab. fqd, V, VIII, accurate inspicere), what should he answer?

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Job 29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

Deuteronomy 24:13 In any case you shall deliver him the pledge again when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and bless you...

Cross References
Job 22:6
For you have exacted pledges of your brothers for nothing and stripped the naked of their clothing.

Job 31:19
if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering,

Job 31:21
if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate,

Isaiah 58:7
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?

Ezekiel 18:16
does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,

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