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Job 23:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I have not gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have treasured up the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have laid up the words of his mouth more than the purpose of my own heart.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The command of his lips, and would not go back, and, in my bosom, have I treasured the words of his lips.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The command of His lips, and I depart not. Above my allotted portion I have laid up The sayings of His mouth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I have not departed from the commandments of his lips, and the words of his mouth I have hid in my bosom.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Neither haue I gone backe from the commaundement of his lippes, I haue esteemed the words of his mouth more then my necessary [food].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— neither shall I transgress; but I have hid his words in my bosom.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Neither x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
have I gone back 4185
{4185} Prime
A primitive root (perhaps rather the same as H4184 through the idea of receding by contact); to withdraw (both literally and figuratively, whether intransitively or transitively).
<8686> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 4046
from the commandment 4687
{4687} Prime
From H6680; a command, whether human or divine (collectively the Law).
of his lips; 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
I have esteemed 6845
{6845} Prime
A primitive root; to hide (by covering over); by implication to hoard or reserve; figuratively to deny; specifically (favorably) to protect, (unfavorably) to lurk.
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
the words 561
{0561} Prime
From H0559; something said.
of his mouth 6310
{6310} Prime
From H6284; the mouth (as the means of blowing), whether literally or figuratively (particularly speech); specifically edge, portion or side; adverbially (with preposition) according to.
more than my necessary 2706
{2706} Prime
From H2710; an enactment; hence an appointment (of time, space, quantity, labor or usage).
(4480) Complement
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 23:12

_ _ esteemed — rather, “laid up,” namely, as a treasure found (Matthew 13:44; Psalms 119:11); alluding to the words of Eliphaz (Job 22:22). There was no need to tell me so; I have done so already (Jeremiah 15:16).

_ _ necessary — “Appointed portion” (of food; as in Proverbs 30:8). Umbreit and Maurer translate, “More than my law,” my own will, in antithesis to “the words of His mouth” (John 6:38). Probably under the general term, “what is appointed to me” (the same Hebrew is in Job 23:14), all that ministers to the appetites of the body and carnal will is included.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 23:8-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 23:12

Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have (g) esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].

(g) His word is more precious to me than the meat with which the body is sustained.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

John 6:66-69 From that [time] many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. ... And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Hebrews 10:38-39 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. ... But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would [no doubt] have continued with us: but [they went out], that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

I have esteemed:
Heb. hid, or, laid up,
Job 22:22 Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
Psalms 19:9-10 The fear of the LORD [is] clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD [are] true [and] righteous altogether. ... More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalms 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!
Psalms 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

necessary food:
or, appointed portion,
Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom [his] lord shall make ruler over his household, to give [them their] portion of meat in due season?
Luke 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
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Jb 22:22. Ps 19:9; 119:11, 103, 127. Jr 15:16. Lk 12:42, 46. Jn 4:32, 34; 6:66; 8:31. Ac 14:22. He 10:38. 1P 2:2. 1Jn 2:19.

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