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Job 31

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Job makes a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties.

31:1 “I made a covenant with my eyes,
how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?

31:2 For what is the portion from God above,
and the heritage from the Almighty on high?

31:3 Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,
and disaster to the workers of iniquity?

31:4 Doesn’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);

31:7 if my step has turned out of the way,
if my heart walked after my eyes,
if any defilement has stuck to my hands,

31:8 then 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,

31:10 then let my wife grind for another,
and let others sleep with her.

31:11 For that would be a heinous crime.
Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

31:12 For 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 male servant
or of my female servant,
when they contended with me;

31:14 What then shall I do when God rises up?
When he visits, what shall I answer him?

31:15 Didn’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,

31:17 or 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);

31:19 if I have seen any perish for want of clothing,
or that the needy had no covering;

31:20 if his heart hasn’t blessed me,
if he hasn’t been warmed with my sheep’s fleece;

31:21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless,
because I saw my help in the gate,

31:22 then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade,
and my arm be broken from the bone.

31:23 For calamity from God is a terror to me.
Because 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;’

31:25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
and because my hand had gotten much;

31:26 if I have seen the sun when it shined,
or the moon moving in splendor,

31:27 and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

31:28 this 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);

31:31 if the men of my tent have not said,

‘Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?’

31:32 (the foreigner has not lodged in the street,
but I have opened my doors to the traveler);

31:33 if like Adam I have covered my transgressions,
by hiding my iniquity in my heart,

31:34 because 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—

31:35 oh that I had one to hear me!
(behold, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me);
let the accuser write my indictment!

31:36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
and I would bind it to me as a crown.

31:37 I would declare to him the number of my steps.
as a prince would I go near to him.

31:38 If my land cries out against me,
and its furrows weep together;

31:39 if I have eaten its fruits without money,
or have caused its owners to lose their life,

31:40 let briars grow instead of wheat,
and stinkweed instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.

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