The Book of Job (WEB)
31: 1"I made a covenant with my eyes,
How then should I look lustfully at a young woman?
31:2For what is the portion from God above,
And the heritage from the Almighty on high?
31:3Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,
And disaster to the workers of iniquity?
31:4Doesn't he see my ways,
And number all my steps?
31:5"If I have walked with falsehood,
And my foot has hurried to deceit
31:6(Let me be weighed in an even balance,
That God may know my integrity);
31:7If my step has turned out of the way,
If my heart walked after my eyes,
If any defilement has stuck to my hands,
31:8Then let me sow, and let another eat;
Yes, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
31:9"If my heart has been enticed to a woman,
And I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;
31:10Then let my wife grind for another,
And let others sleep with her.
31:11For that would be a heinous crime;
Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
31:12For it is a fire that consumes to destruction,
And would root out all my increase.
31:13"If I have despised the cause of my man-servant
Or of my maid-servant,
When they contended with me;
31:14What then shall I do when God rises up?
When he visits, what shall I answer him?
31:15Didn't he who made me in the womb make him?
Didn't one fashion us in the womb?
31:16"If I have withheld the poor from their desire,
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
31:17Or have eaten my morsel alone,
And the fatherless has not eaten of it
31:18(No, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
Her have I guided from my mother's womb);
31:19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing,
Or that the needy had no covering;
31:20If his heart hasn't blessed me,
If he hasn't been warmed with my sheep's fleece;
31:21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless,
Because I saw my help in the gate:
31:22Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade,
And my arm be broken from the bone.
31:23For calamity from God is a terror to me,
By reason of his majesty I can do nothing.
31:24"If I have made gold my hope,
And have said to the fine gold, 'You are my confidence;'
31:25If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gotten much;
31:26If I have seen the sun when it shined,
Or the moon moving in splendor,
31:27And my heart has been secretly enticed,
My hand threw a kiss from my mouth:
31:28This also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
For I should have denied the God who is above.
31:29"If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
Or lifted up myself when evil found him;
31:30(Yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking his life with a curse);
31:31If the men of my tent have not said,
'Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?'
31:32(The sojourner has not lodged in the street;
But I have opened my doors to the traveler);
31:33If like Adam I have covered my transgressions,
By hiding my iniquity in my heart,
31:34Because I feared the great multitude,
And the contempt of families terrified me,
So that I kept silence, and didn't go out of the door--
31:35Oh that I had one to hear me!
(Behold, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me);
Let the accuser write my indictment!
31:36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
And I would bind it to me as a crown.
31:37I would declare to him the number of my steps.
As a prince would I go near to him.
31:38If my land cries out against me,
And the furrows of it weep together;
31:39If I have eaten the fruits of it without money,
Or have caused the owners of it to lose their life:
31:40Let briars grow instead of wheat,
And stinkweed instead of barley."
The words of Job are ended.
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