Job 31:18

18 but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow—

Read Job 31:18 Using Other Translations

(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
(for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widow),
No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father, and all my life I have cared for widows.

What does Job 31:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 31:18

For from my youth he was brought up with me as [with] a
That is, the poor or the fatherless, one or both; as soon as he was at years of discretion, and was capable of observing the distressed circumstances of others, he had a tender and compassionate regard to the poor and fatherless, and acted the part of a father to them; was as affectionately concerned for them as if he had been their father, and took such care of them as if they were his children; see ( Job 29:16 ) ;

and I have guided her from my mother's womb;
the widow, by his counsel and advice; an hyperbolical expression, signifying how early he was a succourer of such persons, by giving his friendly advice, or needful assistance; the Vulgate Latin version renders it, "from my youth mercy grew up with me" a merciful disposition, a compassionate regard to the poor and fatherless; this was as it were connatural to him; for though there is no good disposition really in man, without the grace of God, of which Job might early partake, yet there is a show of it in some persons, in comparison of others; some have a natural tender disposition to the poor, when others are naturally cruel and hardhearted to them; and so Mr. Broughton renders the words to this sense,

``for from my youth this grew with me as a father, and from my mother did I tender it:''

but the first sense seems best.
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