Job 31:36

36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.

Read Job 31:36 Using Other Translations

Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown;
I would face the accusation proudly. I would wear it like a crown.

What does Job 31:36 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 31:36

Surely I would take it upon my shoulder
The bill of indictment, the charge in writing; this he would take up and carry on his shoulder as a very light thing, having nothing weighty in it, no charge of sin and guilt to bear him down; nothing but what he could easily stand up under, only some trifling matter, which could not be interpreted sin; for anything of that kind would have been a burden too heavy for him to have borne: or else his sense is, that should he be convicted of any sin, he would openly confess the charge, acknowledge the sin in the most public manner, that being visible which is borne upon the shoulder; and would also patiently bear the afflictions and chastisements that were laid upon him for it: though rather the meaning is, that he should take up and carry such a bill, not as a burden, but as an honour, as one bears a sword of state, or carries a sceptre as an ensign of royalty on his shoulder; to which the allusion may be in ( Isaiah 9:6 ) ; not at all doubting but it would turn out to his glory; which is confirmed by what follows;

[and] bind it [as] a crown to me,
or "crowns" F17, having various circles of gold hung with jewels; signifying that he would not only take his bill or charge, and carry it on his shoulder, but put it on his head, and wear it there, as a king does his crown; which is an ornament and honour to him, as he should reckon this bill, seeing it would give him an opportunity of clearing himself effectually.


FOOTNOTES:

F17 (twrje) "diademata", Montanus; "corollas", Tigurine version; "coronas", Vatablus, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis.
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