23 "Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll,

Other Translations of Job 19:23

King James Version

23 Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!

English Standard Version

23 "Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

The Message

23 "If only my words were written in a book -

New King James Version

23 "Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!

New Living Translation

23 "Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Job 19:23

Commentary on Job 19:23-29

(Read Job 19:23-29)

The Spirit of God, at this time, seems to have powerfully wrought on the mind of Job. Here he witnessed a good confession; declared the soundness of his faith, and the assurance of his hope. Here is much of Christ and heaven; and he that said such things are these, declared plainly that he sought the better country, that is, the heavenly. Job was taught of God to believe in a living Redeemer; to look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come; he comforted himself with the expectation of these. Job was assured, that this Redeemer of sinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin, was his Redeemer, and expected salvation through him; and that he was a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; and that at the last day he would appear as the Judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people. With what pleasure holy Job enlarges upon this! May these faithful sayings be engraved by the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. We are all concerned to see that the root of the matter be in us. A living, quickening, commanding principle of grace in the heart, is the root of the matter; as necessary to our religion as the root of the tree, to which it owes both its fixedness and its fruitfulness. Job and his friends differed concerning the methods of Providence, but they agreed in the root of the matter, the belief of another world.