v8. Upright men shall be astonied at this, and the innocent shall stir up himself against the hypocri
v9. The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
Job began this statement in verse 9, with this phrase “The righteous also shall hold on his way”. The meaning of this verse is plain; it refers to “Job himself,” and is a declaration that “he,” a righteous man, who had been so grievously abused, would hold on the way he already know, and become stronger and stronger, while “they” his enemies the unrighteous would sink, and be compelled to abandon their position.
It is the expression of a confident assurance that:
He would be more and more confirmed in his integrity, and would become stronger and stronger in God.
The great principle was settled, that if there was true religion in the heart, it would abide, that if the path of righteousness had been entered, he who trod it would keep on his way.
He shall advance in the strength of his attachment to God. The man of pure and blameless life shall become more and more established in virtue, more confirmed in his principles, more convinced of the value and the truth of religion. The man who speaks truth only, becomes more and more attached to truth, the principle of benevolence is strengthened by being practiced.
Honestly, the more it is exhibited, the more it becomes the settled rule of life. He who prays, delights more and more in his approaches to God. The tendency of religion in the heart is to grow stronger and stronger, and God intends that he who has once loved him, shall continue to love him forever.
The Bible gives special encouraging words to followers of Jesus when it comes to persevering, to keeping on.
“He will keep you strong to the end,”