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Job: Chapter 31

Job makes a solemn protestation of his integrity in various duties, 1-40.

1 "I made a covenant with my eyes. Why then should I think upon a maid?

2 For what portion of God is there from above, and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

3 Is destruction not to the wicked, and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

4 Does he not see my ways, and count all my steps?

5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot has hasted to deceit,

6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, so that God may know my integrity.

7 If my step has turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot has cleaved to my hands,

8 Then let me sow, and let another eat, even let my offspring be rooted out.

9 If my heart has been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door,

10 Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down upon her.

11 For this is a heinous crime. Indeed, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

12 For it is a fire that consumes to destruction, and would root out all my increase.

13 If I despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me,

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

15 Did he who made me in the womb not make him? And did one not fashion us in the womb?

16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it

18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb),

19 If I have seen any perish for lack of clothing, or any poor without covering,

20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate,

22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder-blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.

23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, 'You are my confidence,'

25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gained much,

26 If I have beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness,

27 And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand,

28 This also would have been an iniquity to be punished by the judge, for I would have denied the God who is above.

29 If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or have lifted up myself when evil found him

30 (For I have not allowed my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul),

31 If the men of my tabernacle have not said, 'Who can find one who has not been satisfied with his flesh?'

32 (The stranger did not lodge in the street, but I opened my doors to the traveler),

33 If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

34 Because I feared a great multitude, or the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of the door,

35 Oh that one would hear me! Behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.

36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.

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

38 If my land cries against me, or its furrows likewise complain,

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

40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and weeds instead of barley." [The words of Job are finished.]