Job 17:9
New International Version
Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

New Living Translation
The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.

English Standard Version
Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.

Berean Study Bible
Yet a righteous one holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

King James Bible
The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

New King James Version
Yet the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.

New American Standard Bible
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And the one who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

NASB 1995
"Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his way, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

NASB 1977
“Nevertheless the righteous shall hold to his way, And he who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

Amplified Bible
“Nevertheless the righteous will hold to his ways, And he who has clean hands will grow stronger and stronger.

Christian Standard Bible
Yet the righteous person will hold to his way, and the one whose hands are clean will grow stronger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet the righteous person will hold to his way, and the one whose hands are clean will grow stronger.

American Standard Version
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, And he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The righteous shall hold his way and will grasp firmly, and he whose hands are clean will add to power

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But let the faithful hold on his own way, and let him that is pure of hands take courage.

Contemporary English Version
They would do the right thing and because they did, they would grow stronger.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the just man shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

English Revised Version
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall wax stronger and stronger.

Good News Translation
Those who claim to be respectable are more and more convinced they are right.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Yet, the righteous person clings to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

International Standard Version
But the righteous person will hold to his way, and those with clean hands will grow stronger and stronger."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet the righteous holdeth on his way, And he that hath clean hands waxeth stronger and stronger.

Literal Standard Version
And the righteous lays hold [on] his way, "" And the clean of hands adds strength.

NET Bible
But the righteous man holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger.

New Heart English Bible
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

World English Bible
Yet shall the righteous hold on his way. He who has clean hands shall grow stronger and stronger.

Young's Literal Translation
And the righteous layeth hold on his way, And the clean of hands addeth strength, And -- dumb are they all.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Prepares for Death
8The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent are stirred against the godless. 9Yet a righteous one holds to his way, and the one with clean hands grows stronger. 10But come back and try again, all of you. For I will not find a wise man among you.…

Cross References
James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Job 22:30
He will deliver even one who is not innocent, rescuing him through the cleanness of your hands."

Job 31:7
If my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has followed my eyes, or if impurity has stuck to my hands,

Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear deceitfully.

Proverbs 4:18
The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until midday.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.


Treasury of Scripture

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that has clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.

hold on

Psalm 84:7,11
They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God…

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.

clean

Genesis 20:5
Said he not unto me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.

Psalm 24:4
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 26:6
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

be stronger and stronger.

Isaiah 40:29-31
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength…

2 Corinthians 12:9,10
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…









Verse 9. - The righteous also; rather, yet the righteous. A strong opposing clause. Notwithstanding all the afflictions that befall him, and all the further afflictions which he anticipates, yet the truly righteous man shall hold on his way; i.e. maintain his righteous course, neither deviating from it to the right hand nor to the left, but holding to the strict line of rectitude without. wavering. Job is not thinking particularly of himself, but bent on testifying that righteous men generally act as they do, not from any hope of reward, but from principle and the bent of their characters. And he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Not only will the just man maintain his integrity, but, as time goes on, his goodness will be more and more firmly established (comp. Aristotle's 'Theory of Habits').

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Yet the righteous
צַדִּ֣יק (ṣad·dîq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 6662: Just, righteous

will hold
וְיֹאחֵ֣ז (wə·yō·ḥêz)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

to his way,
דַּרְכּ֑וֹ (dar·kōw)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

and the one with clean hands
יָ֝דַ֗יִם (yā·ḏa·yim)
Noun - fd
Strong's 3027: A hand

will grow
יֹסִ֥יף (yō·sîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3254: To add, augment

stronger.
אֹֽמֶץ׃ (’ō·meṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 555: Strength


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