Job 6:29

29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.[a]

Job 6:29 in Other Translations

29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yea, return again, my righteousness is in it.
29 Please turn; let no injustice be done. Turn now; my vindication is at stake.
29 Stop assuming my guilt, for I have done no wrong.
29 Think it over - no double-talk! Think carefully - my integrity is on the line!
29 Reconsider; don't be unjust. Reconsider; my righteousness is still the issue.

Job 6:29 Meaning and Commentary

Job 6:29

Return, I pray you
From the ill opinion you have of me, and from your hard censures, and entertain other sentiments concerning me: or it may be, upon these words of Job his friends might be rising up as usual to take their leave of him, and break off conversation with him; and therefore he entreats they would return to their seats, and resume the debate, and give a friendly hearing of his case:

let it not be iniquity;
either let it not be reckoned an iniquity to return and go on hearing his case; or he entreats that they would take care not to sin in their anger and resentment against him, nor go on to charge him with iniquity: or it may be rendered, "there is no iniquity" {h}; that is, it should be found that there was no such iniquity in him as he was charged with; not that he was free from all sin, which no man is, but from that which his friends judged he was guilty of, hypocrisy:

yea, return again;
he most earnestly importunes them to return and patiently hear him out:

my righteousness [is] in it;
in the whole of this affair before them, and which was the matter of controversy between them; meaning, not his justifying righteousness before God, but the righteousness of his cause before men; he doubted not but, when things were thoroughly searched into, that his righteousness would be as clear as the light, and his judgment as the noonday; that he should appear to be a righteous man, and his cause a just one; and should stand acquitted and free from all charges and imputations.


F8 (hlwe yht la) "non erit iniquitas", Beza, Mercerus; "nulla", Schultens.

Job 6:29 In-Context

27 You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.
28 “But now be so kind as to look at me. Would I lie to your face?
29 Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake.
30 Is there any wickedness on my lips? Can my mouth not discern malice?

Cross References 3

  • 1. Job 19:6; Job 27:2; Job 40:8; Isaiah 40:27
  • 2. S Job 2:3
  • 3. Job 9:21; Job 10:7; Job 11:2; Job 12:4; Job 23:7,10; Job 33:9,32; Job 34:5,36; Job 35:2; Job 42:6; Psalms 66:10; Zechariah 13:9

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "my righteousness still stands"
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