Job 17:9

9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.

Job 17:9 in Other Translations

9 The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
9 Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
9 The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.
9 "But principled people hold tight, keep a firm grip on life, sure that their clean, pure hands will get stronger and stronger!
9 Yet the righteous person will hold to his way, and the one whose hands are clean will grow stronger.

Job 17:9 Meaning and Commentary

Job 17:9

The righteous also shall hold on his way
He that is righteous, not in appearance but really, not in a legal but in an evangelic sense; who is justified by the righteousness of Job's living Redeemer, who lives by faith on his righteousness, and in consequence of that in holiness of life and conversation; such an one being in Christ the way of righteousness and salvation, and walking in the paths of faith, holiness, and truth, and in all the tracks of religious worship, private and public, he will persevere therein, and will not on any account depart out of the right way into which he has been led and directed. This is opposed to a going back, as some do, and to a turning to the right hand or the left, as others, and to a standing still, being stumbled, offended, and discouraged; and it supposes a progress, a going forward in the way, so as not to be moved out of it by their own, or the afflictions of others, by the reproaches and persecutions of men, the temptations of Satan, the snares, riches, honours, and pleasures of the world, or through darkness, desertion, and unbelief; they may indeed have many slips and falls, and be almost, but not altogether, out of the way, and never finally or to perdition; which is owing not to their conduct and care, might and strength, but to the power of God, and the supplies of his grace, to Christ and his strength, and to the Spirit and his influence, guidance, and direction:

and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger;
or "add strength" F21; increase in it. This character is opposed to one of an immoral life and conversation, and describes one that is not guilty of any notorious crime, that does not live in any known sin, but in the general course of his life is upright and sincere, holy, harmless, and inoffensive; such a man as he is already a partaker of spiritual grace and strength, and so, as he wants more, it is given him; his spiritual strength is renewed, he goes from one degree of it to another, and even while walking in the way of God he finds an increase of it; yea, that itself is strength unto him; as his day is his strength is, to assist him in religious services, to enable him to resist his enemies, and endure afflictions, and continue in the good ways of God.


F21 (Uma Pyoy) "addet fortitudinem", Pagninus, Montanus.

Job 17:9 In-Context

7 My eyes have grown dim with grief; my whole frame is but a shadow.
8 The upright are appalled at this; the innocent are aroused against the ungodly.
9 Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, and those with clean hands will grow stronger.
10 “But come on, all of you, try again! I will not find a wise man among you.
11 My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart

Cross References 3

  • 1. Proverbs 4:18
  • 2. S 2 Samuel 22:21; S Job 9:30; Job 22:30
  • 3. S 1 Samuel 2:4; Psalms 84:7
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