Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Job 27:4

My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Deceit;   Falsehood;   Integrity;   Speaking;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Deceit;  
Dictionaries:
Holman Bible Dictionary - Guilt;   Slothful;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Job;   Lip;   Providence;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Job, Book of;   Mutter;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

My lips shall not speak wickedness - As I have hitherto lived in all good conscience before God, as he knoweth, so will I continue to live.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/job-27.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

My lips shall not speak wickedness - This solemn profession made on oath might have done something to allay the suspicions of his friends in regard to him, and to show that they had been mistaken in his character. It is a solemn assurance that he did not mean to vindicate the cause of wickedness, or to say one word in its favor; and that as long as he lived he would never be found advocating it.

Nor my tongue utter deceit - I will never make any use of sophistry; I will not attempt to make “the worse appear the better reason;” I will not be the advocate of error. This had always been the aim of Job, and he now says that no circumstance should ever induce him to pursue a different course as long as he lived. Probably he means, also, as the following verse seems to imply, that no consideration should ever induce him to countenance error or to palliate wrong. He would not be deterred from expressing his sentiments by any dread of opposition, or even by any respect for his friends. No friendship which he might have for them would induce him to justify what he honestly regarded as error.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/job-27.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

My lips shall not speak wickedness,.... This is the thing he swears to, this the matter of his oath, not only that he would not speak a wicked word not anything corrupt, unsavoury, unchaste, profane, and idle nor speak evil of his neighbours and friends or of any man; but that he would not speak wickedly of himself, as he must do, if he owned himself to be a wicked man and an hypocrite as his friends charged him, and they would have had him confessed; but he swears he would not utter such wickedness as long as he had any breath in him:

nor my tongue utter deceit; which respects the same thing; not merely any fallacy or lie, or what might impose upon and deceive another, which yet he was careful of; but such deceit and falsehood as would be a belying himself, which would be the case should he say that he was devoid of integrity and sincerity.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/job-27.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

b My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

(b) However men judge me, yet will I not speak contrary to that which I have said, and so do wickedly in betraying the truth.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/job-27.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(Job 6:28, Job 6:30). The “deceit” would be if he were to admit guilt against the witness of his conscience.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/job-27.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Job 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

Ver. 4. My lips shall not speak wickedness] Which I should do, should I, contrary to that which the Spirit of God witnesseth to my conscience, through a feigned humility, confess that I have been wicked. Let God’s dejected servants take heed, lest by the temptation of Satan, and the misgivings of their own evil hearts of unbelief, they be drawn to belie the work of God’s Spirit in them, and to hold themselves utterly void of grace, because not endued with such and such measures of grace. Learn to distinguish between imbecility and nullity; show yourselves faithful in weakness, though but weak in faith. There is an allowance to gold, with which it may pass; neither is it to be cast aside because it wanteth some grains, and hath a crack. Nec vinum reiecimus et si faecem habeat, saith Spinaeus (de Instit. Christ.). God seeth nothing amiss in that man whose heart is upright, 2 Chronicles 15:17. He lays the finger of mercy on the scars of his people’s sins, as that limner in the story. He will not crush, but cherish, that worm Jacob.

Nor my tongue utter deceit] No, for that were to speak wickedness, yea, to speak yourself wicked. For the remnant of Israel shall not, by betraying the truth, do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth, Zephaniah 3:13. For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie; so he was their Saviour, Isaiah 63:8.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Job 27:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/job-27.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

I will speak nothing but the truth with all plainness and impartiality, neither defending myself and cause by vain and false professions of those virtues or graces which I know I have not; nor yet, in compliance with your desire and design, falsely accusing myself of those crimes wherewith you charge me, whereof I know myself to be innocent.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Job 27:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/job-27.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

4.My lips — Literally, If my lips. The oath introduced by the usual form , im, commences with this verse: He will speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/job-27.html. 1874-1909.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

wickedness. Hebrew. "aval. App-44.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/job-27.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

(Job 6:28; Job 6:30.) The "deceit" would be, if he were to admit guilt, against the witness of his conscience.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/job-27.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
13:7; 34:6; John 8:55; 2 Corinthians 11:10
Reciprocal: Job 6:29 - my righteousness;  Job 32:1 - righteous;  Job 33:3 - the

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Job 27:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/job-27.html.