Job 31:37
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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And if I did not read it and return it, having taken nothing from the debtor:

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.

declare

Job 9:3
If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand.

Job 13:15
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

Job 14:16
For now thou numberest my steps: dost thou not watch over my sin?

as a

Genesis 32:28
And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

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

Hebrews 4:15,16
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin…







Lexicon
I would give
אַגִּידֶ֑נּוּ (’ag·gî·ḏen·nū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

account
מִסְפַּ֣ר (mis·par)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4557: A number, definite, indefinite, narration

of all my steps;
צְ֭עָדַי (ṣə·‘ā·ḏay)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6806: A pace, regular step

I would approach Him
אֲקָרֲבֶֽנּוּ׃ (’ă·qā·ră·ḇen·nū)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7126: To come near, approach

like
כְּמוֹ־ (kə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3644: Like, as, when

a prince.
נָ֝גִ֗יד (nā·ḡîḏ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5057: A commander, civil, military, religious, honorable themes
(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. 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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