New American Standard Bible
"I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
King James Bible
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Darby Bible Translation
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have laid up the words of his mouth more than the purpose of my own heart.
World English Bible
I haven't gone back from the commandment of his lips. I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Young's Literal Translation
The command of His lips, and I depart not. Above my allotted portion I have laid up The sayings of His mouth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Neither have I gone back - I have not put away or rejected.
The commandment of his lips - That which he has spoken, or which has proceeded out of his mouth.
I have esteemed - Margin, "hid," or, "laid up." The Hebrew is, "I have hid," as we hide or lay up that which is valuable. It is a word often applied to laying up treasures, or concealing them so that they would be safe.
More than my necessary food - Margin, "or, appointed portion." Dr. Good renders it, "In my bosom have I laid up the words of his mouth." So Noyes, "The words of his mouth I have treasured up in my bosom." So Wemyss; and so it is rendered in the Vulgate, and by the Septuagint. The variety in the translation has arisen from the difference of reading in regard to the Hebrew word מחקי mēchôqı̂y. Instead of this meaning "more than my portion" or "allowance," the Septuagint and Vulgate appear to have read בחקי bēchôqı̂y - "in my bosom." But there is no authority for the change, and there seems to be no reason for it. The word חק chôq, means something decreed, designated, appointed; then an appointed portion, as of labor, Exodus 5:14; then of food - an allowance of food, Proverbs 30:8; then a limit, bound, law, statute, etc. It seems to me that the word here means "purpose, intention, rule, or design," and that the idea is that he had regarded the commands of God more "than his own purposes." He had been willing to sacrifice his own designs to the will of God, and had thus shown his preference for God and his law. This sense seems to be the most simple of any, and it is surprising that it has not occurred to any expositors. So the same word is used in Job 23:14. If this be the meaning, it expresses a true sentiment of piety in all ages. He who is truly religious is willing to sacrifice and abandon his own plans at the command of God. Job says that he was conscious of having done this, and he thus had a firm conviction that he was a pious man.
LibrarySeptember 30 Morning
He knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.--JOB 23:10. He knoweth our frame.--He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
October 20 Morning
The Best Things Work for Good to the Godly
"But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
"Are the consolations of God too small for you, Even the word spoken gently with you?
"Please receive instruction from His mouth And establish His words in your heart.
"But He is unique and who can turn Him? And what His soul desires, that He does.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation.
Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion,
Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
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