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Job 31:16

16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,

Read Job 31:16 Using Other Translations

If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
"If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
“Have I refused to help the poor, or crushed the hopes of widows?

What does Job 31:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 31:16

If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire
Their reasonable desires, and which it was in his power to grant; as when they desired a piece of bread, being hungry, or clothes to cover them, being naked; but not unreasonable desires, seeking and asking great things for themselves, or unlimited and unbounded ones, such as the two sons of Zebedee desired of Christ, ( Mark 10:35 ) ;

or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
through long waiting for, and expecting help and succour from him, and at last disappointed. Job did not use the widow in such a manner as to give her reason to hope for relief or counsel from him she came for, and make her wait long, and then send her away empty, as he was charged, ( Job 22:9 ) ; but he soon dispatched her, by granting her what she sued to him for.

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