Job 31:30
Good News Translation
I never sinned by praying for their death.

New Revised Standard Version
I have not let my mouth sin by asking for their lives with a curse—

Contemporary English Version
Neither have I sinned by asking God to send down on them the curse of death.

New American Bible
Even though I had not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against his life—

Douay-Rheims Bible
For I have not been given my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For I have not been given my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul.


Exodus 23:4,5 If thou meet thy enemy's ox or ass going astray, bring it back to him. . . .

Matthew 5:43,44 You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy. . . .

Romans 12:14 Bless them that persecute you: bless, and curse not.

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth. . . .

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.


Ecclesiastes 5:2,6 Speak not any thing rashly, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter a word before God. For God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. . . .

Matthew 5:22 But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 12:36 But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it in the day of judgment.

James 3:6,9,10 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, which defileth the whole body and inflameth the wheel of our nativity, being set on fire by hell. . . .

Job's Final Appeal
29If I have been glad at the downfall of him that hated me, and have rejoiced that evil had found him. 30For I have not been given my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul.31If the men of my tabernacle have not said: Who will give us of his flesh that we may be filled?…
Cross References
Job 5:3
I have seen a fool with a strong root, and I cursed his beauty immediately.

Psalm 7:4
If I have rendered to them that repaid me evils, let me deservedly fall empty before my enemies.

Job 31:29
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