Job 11:13-18

13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,
14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.
16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

Job 11:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
ESV
13 "If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.
NLT
13 “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!
MSG
13 "Still, if you set your heart on God and reach out to him,
CSB
13 As for you, if you redirect your heart and lift up your hands to Him [in prayer]-

Job 11:13-18 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 11

In this chapter Zophar the Naamathite, Job's third friend, attacks him, and the with great acrimony and severity, and with much indecency; he charges him not only with loquacity, and vain babbling, but with lying, and with scoffing at God, and good men, Job 11:1-3; which he attempts to support by some things Job had said, misrepresented by him, Job 11:4; and wishes that God would take him in hand, and convince him of the wisdom of the divine proceedings with him, and of his lenity and mercy to him, Job 11:5,6; and then discourses of the unsearchableness of God in his counsels, and conduct; of his sovereignty, and of his power, and of the vanity and folly of men, Job 11:7-19; and as his friends before him, having insinuated that Job was guilty of some heinous sin, or sins, and especially of hypocrisy, advises him to repentance and reformation, and then it would be well with him; and he should enjoy much comfort, peace, and safety, even to old age, Job 11:13-19; and concludes it should go ill with the wicked man and the hypocrite, such as he suggests Job was, Job 11:20.

Job 11:13-18 In-Context

11 Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?
12 But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.
13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,
14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.
16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.
20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”

Cross References 15

  • 1. 1 Samuel 7:3; Psalms 78:8
  • 2. S Exodus 9:29
  • 3. S Job 5:8,27; Psalms 88:9
  • 4. S Joshua 24:14
  • 5. Psalms 101:4
  • 6. Job 22:23
  • 7. Job 22:26; 1 John 3:21
  • 8. S 1 Samuel 2:9; Psalms 20:8; Psalms 37:23; Psalms 40:2; Psalms 119:5; Ephesians 6:14
  • 9. S Genesis 4:7; S Psalms 3:6
  • 10. Isaiah 26:16; Isaiah 37:3; Isaiah 65:16
  • 11. Joshua 7:5; Job 22:11; Psalms 58:7; Psalms 112:10; Ezekiel 21:7
  • 12. Job 22:28; Psalms 37:6; Isaiah 58:8,10; Isaiah 62:1
  • 13. Job 17:12; Job 18:6; Job 29:3; Psalms 18:28; Psalms 112:4; Psalms 119:105; Isaiah 5:20; John 8:12
  • 14. Psalms 3:5; Psalms 4:8; Psalms 127:2; Ecclesiastes 5:12
  • 15. S Leviticus 26:6; Proverbs 3:24; Isaiah 11:10; Isaiah 14:3; Isaiah 28:12; Isaiah 30:15; Isaiah 32:18; Zechariah 3:10
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