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Job 11:4

    Job 11:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your eyes.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You may say, My way is clean, and I am free from sin in your eyes.

    Webster's Revision

    For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes.

    World English Bible

    For you say, 'My doctrine is pure. I am clean in your eyes.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

    Definitions for Job 11:4

    Doctrine - The act or result of teaching.

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 11:4

    My doctrine is pure - לקחי likchi, "my assumptions." What I assume or take as right, and just, and true, are so; the precepts which I have formed, and the practice which I have founded on them, are all correct and perfect. Job had not exactly said, My doctrine and way of life are pure, and I am clean in thine eyes; but he had vindicated himself from their charges of secret sins and hypocrisy, and appealed to God for his general uprightness and sincerity: but Zophar here begs the question, in order that he may have something to say, and room to give vent to his invective.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 11:4

    My doctrine is pure - The Septuagint instead of the word "doctrine" here reads "deeds," ἔργοις ergois; the Syriac, "thou sayest I have acted justly." But the word used here (לקח leqach) means properly "fair speech" or "taking arguments," that by which one is "taken" or captivated, from לקח lâqach, "to take." Then it means doctrine, or instruction, Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 9:9. Here it means the views which Job had expressed. Dr. Good supposes that it means "conduct," a word which would suit the connection, but the Hebrew is not used in this sense.

    And I am clean in thine eyes - In the eyes of God, or in his sight. This was a false charge. Job had never maintained that he was perfect (compare the notes at Job 9:20); he had only maintained that he was not such a sinner as his friends maintained that he was, a hypocrite, and a man eminent for guilt. His lack of absolute perfection he was ever ready to admit and mourn over.
    Book: Job