Job 14:17

17 My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.

Job 14:17 in Other Translations

KJV
17 My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.
ESV
17 my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and you would cover over my iniquity.
NLT
17 My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover my guilt.
MSG
17 My sins will be stuffed in a sack and thrown into the sea - sunk in deep ocean.
CSB
17 My rebellion would be sealed up in a bag, and You would cover over my iniquity.

Job 14:17 Meaning and Commentary

Job 14:17

My transgression [is] sealed up in a bag
Denoting either the concealment of it, as in ( Hosea 13:12 ) ; not from God; nor in such sense sealed up as sin is by the sacrifice and satisfaction of Christ, who has thereby removed it out of the sight of divine justice; so that when it is sought for it shall not be found, nor any more seen, which is the sense of the phrase in ( Daniel 9:24 ) ; where the words, "to make an end of sin", may be rendered, to "seal [them] up"; but this Job would not have complained of; he means it was hid as in a bag from himself, or he knew not what it was; the transgression was sealed up from him, he was entirely ignorant of and unacquainted with what it was for which he was severely afflicted: or else his sense is, that God had taken strict notice of his transgressions, and had, as it were, put them up in a bag, and set a seal upon it, that none might be lost, but might be ready to be produced against him another day; in allusion, as it is thought, to bills of indictment put up in bags sealed, to be brought into courts of judicature at a proper time, for which they are reserved:

and thou sewest up mine iniquity;
in the bag in which it is sealed; not only did he seal up the bag, but sewed a cloth over it thus sealed, for greater security: or "thou sewest to mine iniquity" F13, or adds iniquity to iniquity, as in ( Psalms 69:27 ) ; as arithmeticians do, who add one number to another until it becomes a great sum; thus God, according to Job, tacked and joined one sin to another, till it became one large heap and pile, reaching to the heavens, and calling for vengeance; or, as Sephorno interprets it, joined sins of ignorance to sins of presumption; or rather sewed or added the punishment of sin to sin, or punishment to punishment; the Targum is,

``my transgression is sealed up in a book of remembrances, and thou hast joined it to my iniquities.''


FOOTNOTES:

F13 (ynwe le lpjtw) "assuis iniquitati meae", Piscator; "et adjungis ad iniquitatem meam", Beza.

Job 14:17 In-Context

15 You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made.
16 Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.
17 My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.
18 “But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place,
19 as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil, so you destroy a person’s hope.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Jeremiah 32:10
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 32:34
  • 3. S Job 9:30; S Job 13:23; Hosea 13:12