Job 31:27
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New International Version
so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,

New Living Translation
and been secretly enticed in my heart to throw kisses at them in worship?

English Standard Version
and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand,

Berean Study Bible
so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

New American Standard Bible
And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

King James Bible
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

Christian Standard Bible
so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,

Contemporary English Version
worshiped the sun or moon.

Good News Translation
I have not been led astray to honor them by kissing my hand in reverence to them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,

International Standard Version
so that in the depths of my deceived heart I worshipped them with my mouth and hands,

NET Bible
so that my heart was secretly enticed, and my hand threw them a kiss from my mouth,

New Heart English Bible
and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that my heart was secretly tempted, and I threw them a kiss with my hand,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, And my mouth hath kissed my hand;

New American Standard 1977
And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth kissed my hand;

King James 2000 Bible
And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:

American King James Version
And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:

American Standard Version
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, And my mouth hath kissed my hand:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And my heart in secret hath rejoiced, and I have kissed my hand with my mouth:

Darby Bible Translation
And my heart have been secretly enticed, so that my mouth kissed my hand:

English Revised Version
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, and my mouth hath kissed my hand:

Webster's Bible Translation
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

World English Bible
and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

Young's Literal Translation
And my heart is enticed in secret, And my hand doth kiss my mouth,
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
26if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or at the moon moving in splendor, 27so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth, 28this would also be an iniquity to be judged, for I would have denied God on high.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 11:16
But be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside to worship and bow down to other gods,

Job 31:26
if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or at the moon moving in splendor,

Job 31:28
this would also be an iniquity to be judged, for I would have denied God on high.

Treasury of Scripture

And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:

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Deuteronomy 11:16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you …

Deuteronomy 13:6 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, …

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he …

Romans 1:21,28 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

my mouth hath kissed my hand. Heb. my hand hath kissed my mouth

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which …

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

Hosea 13:2 And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images …







Verse 27. - And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand. The sin of the heart is placed first, as the fens et origo mali the spiritual root of the matter. On this naturally follows the outward act which, in the case of idolatry, was commonly the act exactly expressed by the word "adore" - the movement of the hand to the mouth in token of reverence and honour (see Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 28:2, "Inter adorandum dexteram ad osculum referimus, et totum corpus circumagimus;" and Minucius Felix, Octav., 2, Caecilius, simulacro Serapidis denotato, ut vulgus superstitiosum solet, manum ori admovens osculum labiis pressit"). And mine heart hath been secretly enticed,.... Drawn away by beholding the magnitude of these bodies, the swiftness of their motion, their glorious appearance, and great usefulness to mankind, to entertain a thought of their being deities; and privately to worship them, in secret acts of devotion, as by an honourable esteem of them as such, reverence and affection for them, trust and confidence in them; for, as there is a secret worshipping of the true God, so there is a secret idolatry, idolatry in the heart, and setting up of idols there, as well as worshipping them in dark places, in chambers of imagery, as the Jews did, Ezekiel 8:12;

or my mouth hath kissed my hand; idols used to be kissed by their votaries, in token of their veneration of them, and as expressive of their worship of them; so Baal and Jeroboam's calves were kissed by the worshippers of them, 1 Kings 19:18. Kissing is used to signify the religious veneration, homage, and worship of a divine Person, the Son of God, Psalm 2:12; and such deities especially that were out of the reach of their worshippers, as the sun, moon, and stars were, they used to put their hands to their mouths, and kiss them, in token of their worship; just as persons now, at a distance from each other, pay their civil respects to one another: instances of religious adoration of idols performed in this manner; see Gill on Hosea 13:2. Job denies that he had been guilty of such idolatry, either secretly or openly. 27. enticed—away from God to idolatry.

kissed … hand—"adoration," literally means this. In worshipping they used to kiss the hand, and then throw the kiss, as it were, towards the object of worship (1Ki 19:18; Ho 13:2).31:24-32 Job protests, 1. That he never set his heart upon the wealth of this world. How few prosperous professors can appeal to the Lord, that they have not rejoiced because their gains were great! Through the determination to be rich, numbers ruin their souls, or pierce themselves with many sorrows. 2. He never was guilty of idolatry. The source of idolatry is in the heart, and it corrupts men, and provokes God to send judgments upon a nation. 3. He neither desired nor delighted in the hurt of the worst enemy he had. If others bear malice to us, that will not justify us in bearing malice to them. 4. He had never been unkind to strangers. Hospitality is a Christian duty, 1Pe 4:9.
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