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Job 4:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Is not thy fear [of God] thy confidence, [And] the integrity of thy ways thy hope?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [Is] not [this] thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Is not your fear [of God] your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [Is] not [this] thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Hath not thy piety been thy confidence, and the perfection of thy ways thy hope?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Is not, thy reverence, thy confidence? And is not, thy hope, the very integrity of thy ways?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Is not thy reverence thy confidence? Thy hope—the perfection of thy ways?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Where is thy fear, thy fortitude, thy patience, and the perfection of thy ways?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— [Is] not this thy feare, thy confidence; the vprightnesse of thy wayes and thy hope?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Is not thy fear [founded] in folly, thy hope also, and the mischief of thy way?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [Is] not [this] thy fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[Is] not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
[this] thy fear, 3374
{3374} Prime
יִרְאָה
yir'ah
{yir-aw'}
Feminine of H3373; fear (also used as infinitive); morally reverence.
thy confidence, 3690
{3690} Prime
כִּסְלָה
kiclah
{kis-law'}
Feminine of H3689; in a good sense, trust; in a bad one, silliness.
thy hope, 8615
{8615} Prime
תִּקְוָה
tiqvah
{tik-vaw'}
From H6960; literally a cord (as an attachment (compare H6961)); figuratively expectancy.
and the uprightness 8537
{8537} Prime
תֹּם
tom
{tome}
From H8552; completeness; figuratively prosperity; usually (morally) innocence.
of thy ways? 1870
{1870} Prime
דֶּרֶךְ
derek
{deh'-rek}
From H1869; a road (as trodden); figuratively a course of life or mode of action, often adverbially.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 4:6

_ _ Is not this thy fear, thy confidence, etc. — Does thy fear, thy confidence, come to nothing? Does it come only to this, that thou faintest now? Rather, by transposition, “Is not thy fear (of God) thy hope? and the uprightness of thy ways thy confidence? If so, bethink thee, who ever perished being innocent?” [Umbreit]. But Luke 13:2, Luke 13:3 shows that, though there is a retributive divine government even in this life, yet we cannot judge by the mere outward appearance. “One event is outwardly to the righteous and to the wicked” (Ecclesiastes 9:2); but yet we must take it on trust, that God deals righteously even now (Psalms 37:25; Isaiah 33:16). Judge not by a part, but by the whole of a godly man’s life, and by his end, even here (James 5:11). The one and the same outward event is altogether a different thing in its inward bearings on the godly and on the ungodly even here. Even prosperity, much more calamity, is a punishment to the wicked (Proverbs 1:32). Trials are chastisements for their good (to the righteous) (Psalms 119:67, Psalms 119:71, Psalms 119:75). See on Introduction on the Design of this Book.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 4:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 4:6

Thy fear — We now plainly see what was the nature of thy fear of God, thy confidence in him, the uprightness of thy ways, and thy hope in God's mercy. Thy present carriage discovers that it was but mere talk and appearance.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 4:6

[Is] not [this] thy (c) fear, thy confidence, thy hope, and the uprightness of thy ways?

(c) He concludes that Job was a hypocrite and had no true fear or trust in God.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
thy fear:

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:9-10 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? ... Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
2 Kings 20:3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

thy confidence:

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
Proverbs 3:26 For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.

thy hope:

Job 17:15 And where [is] now my hope? as for my hope, who shall see it?
1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear:

the uprightness:

Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 16:17 Not for [any] injustice in mine hands: also my prayer [is] pure.
Job 23:11-12 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. ... Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary [food].
Job 27:5-6 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me. ... My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach [me] so long as I live.
Job 29:12-17 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and [him that had] none to help him. ... And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.
Job 31:1-40 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? ... Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
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2K 20:3. Jb 1:1, 8, 9; 13:15; 16:17; 17:15; 23:11; 27:5; 29:12; 31:1. Pv 3:26; 14:26. 1P 1:13, 17.

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