New American Standard Bible
Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.
King James Bible
Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
Darby Bible Translation
(Let me be weighed in an even balance, and +God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;)
World English Bible
(let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity);
Young's Literal Translation
He doth weigh me in righteous balances, And God doth know my integrity.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let me be weighed in an even balance - Margin, him weigh me in balances of justice. That is, let him ascertain exactly my character, and treat me accordingly. If on trial it be found that I am guilty in this respect, I consent to be punished accordingly. Scales or balances are often used as emblematic of justice. Many suppose, however, that this verse is a parenthesis, and that the imprecation in Job 31:8, relates to Job 31:5, as well as to Job 31:7. But most probably the meaning is, that he consented to have his life tried in this respect in the most exact and rigid manner, and was willing to abide the result. A man may express such a consciousness of integrity in his dealings with others, without any improper self-reliance or boasting. It may be a simple fact of which he may be certain, that he has never meant to defraud any man.
LibraryWhether virtue is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that virtue is in us by nature. For Damascene says (De Fide Orth. iii, 14): "Virtues are natural to us and are equally in all of us." And Antony says in his sermon to the monks: "If the will contradicts nature it is perverse, if it follow nature it is virtuous." Moreover, a gloss on Mat. 4:23, "Jesus went about," etc., says: "He taught them natural virtues, i.e. chastity, justice, humility, which man possesses naturally." Objection 2: Further, the virtuous good consists …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
Whether Confession is According to the Natural Law?
"Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!
"For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.
"But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
"Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
"I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.
Then these three men ceased answering Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
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