Job 31:18

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

Job 31:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
ESV
18 (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widow),
NLT
18 No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father, and all my life I have cared for widows.
MSG
18 Wasn't my home always open to them? Weren't they always welcome at my table?
CSB
18 for from my youth, I raised him as [his] father, and since the day I was born I guided the widow-

Job 31:18 Meaning and Commentary

Job 31:18

For from my youth he was brought up with me as [with] a
father
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.

Job 31:18 In-Context

16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless—
18 but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow—
19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or the needy without garments,
20 and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,

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