Job 31:37
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New International Version
I would give him an account of my every step; I would present it to him as to a ruler.)--

New Living Translation
For I would tell him exactly what I have done. I would come before him like a prince.

English Standard Version
I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.

Berean Study Bible
I would give account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.

New American Standard Bible
"I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

King James Bible
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

Christian Standard Bible
I would give him an account of all my steps; I would approach him like a prince.

Contemporary English Version
And with my head held high, I would tell him everything I have ever done.

Good News Translation
I would tell God everything I have done, and hold my head high in his presence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I would give Him an account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.

International Standard Version
I'll give an account for every step I've taken; I'll approach him confidently like a Commander-in-Chief."

NET Bible
I would give him an accounting of my steps; like a prince I would approach him.

New Heart English Bible
I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I would tell him the number of my steps and approach him like a prince.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I go near unto him.

New American Standard 1977
“I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince I would go near unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

American King James Version
I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

American Standard Version
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; As a prince would I go near unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
At every step of mine I would pronounce it, and offer it as to a prince.

Darby Bible Translation
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come near to him.

English Revised Version
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

World English Bible
I would declare to him the number of my steps. as a prince would I go near to him.

Young's Literal Translation
The number of my steps I tell Him, As a leader I approach Him.
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown. 37I would give account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince. 38If my land cries out against me and its furrows weep together,…
Cross References
Job 1:3
and he owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and a very large number of servants. Job was the greatest man of all the people of the east.

Job 21:28
For you say, 'Where now is the nobleman's house, and where are the tents in which the wicked dwell?'

Job 29:25
I chose their course and presided as chief. So I dwelt as a king among his troops, as a comforter of mourners.

Job 31:4
Does He not see my ways and count my every step?

Job 31:36
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown.

Treasury of Scripture

I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him.

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Job 14:16 For now you number my steps: do you not watch over my sin?

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Psalm 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse you me from secret faults.

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Genesis 32:28 And he said, Your name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: …

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

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1 John 3:19-21 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our …







(37) I would declare--i.e., "I would readily give an account of all my actions, and meet him with alacrity and perfect confidence." Others suppose the meaning to be, "I would meet him as I would meet a prince, with the utmost deference and respect, not at all as an enemy, but as one worthy of all honour and regard." The actual meaning is uncertain. On the other hand, he has been spoken of by his friends: as a fool (Job 5:2), by Eliphaz; as a man full of words, a liar, and a mocker (Job 11:2-3), by Zophar; as perverse, wicked, and iniquitous (Job 11:12; Job 11:14); a blasphemer and a hypocrite, by Eliphaz (Job 15:4-5; Job 15:13; Job 15:16; Job 15:34, &c.); as wicked, a robber, and ignorant of God, by Bildad (Job 18:5; Job 18:14); as wicked and a hypocrite, by Zophar (Job 20:5); as extortionate and oppressive (Job 31:15; Job 31:19, &c.); as a tyrant and an impious man, by Eliphaz (Job 22:5; Job 22:9; Job 22:13; Job 22:17, &c.).

Verse 37. - I would declare unto him the number of my steps; i.e. I would conceal nothing. I would willingly divulge every act of my life. I would make full and complete answer to the indictment in every particular. As a prince would I go near unto him. There should be no timidity or cringing on my part. I would face my accuser boldly, and bear myself as a prince in his presence. I would declare to him the number of my steps,.... To his judge, or to him that contended with him, and drew up the bill against him; he would forward it, assist in it, furnish materials for it, give an account of all the transactions of his life that he could remember; this he says not as though he thought that God stood in need of any such declaration, since he better knows the actions of men than they themselves, compasses their paths, and is acquainted with all their ways; but to show how confident he was of his innocence, and how little he feared the strictest and closest examination of his ways and works, knowing that he had lived with all good conscience unto that day:

and as a prince would I go near unto him; either he should consider such an hearer and judge of his cause he desired as a prince, and reverence and respect him as such; he should be as dear unto him, though his adversary that contended with him, as a prince; and he should be as ambitious of an acquaintance with him as with a prince: or rather he means that he himself as a prince, in a princely manner, and with a princely spirit, should draw nigh to his judge, to answer to the bill in writing against him; that he should not come up to the bar like a malefactor, that shows guilt in his countenance, and by his trembling limbs, and shrinking back, not caring to come nigh, but choosing rather to stand at a distance, or get off and escape if he could; but on the other hand, Job would go up to his judge, and to the judgment seat, with all the stateliness of a prince, with an heroic, intrepid, and undaunted spirit; like a "bold prince", as Mr. Broughton renders the word; see Job 23:3. 37. A good conscience imparts a princely dignity before man and free assurance in approaching God. This can be realized, not in Job's way (Job 42:5, 6); but only through Jesus Christ (Heb 10:22).31:33-40 Job clears himself from the charge of hypocrisy. We are loth to confess our faults, willing to excuse them, and to lay the blame upon others. But he that thus covers his sins, shall not prosper, Pr 28:13. He speaks of his courage in what is good, as an evidence of his sincerity in it. When men get estates unjustly, they are justly deprived of comfort from them; it was sown wheat, but shall come up thistles. What men do not come honestly by, will never do them any good. The words of Job are ended. They end with a bold assertion, that, with respect to accusation against his moral and religious character as the cause for his sufferings, he could appeal to God. But, however confident Job was, we shall see he was mistaken, chap. 40:4,5; 1Jo 1:8. Let us all judge ourselves; wherein we are guilty, let us seek forgiveness in that blood which cleanseth from all sin; and may the Lord have mercy upon us, and write his laws in our hearts!
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