Job 31
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1“I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman?1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
2For what is the allotment of God from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3Is it not destruction for the wicked, And disaster for the workers of iniquity?3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?
4Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
5“If I have walked with falsehood, Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
6Let me be weighed on honest scales, That God may know my integrity.6Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
7If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart walked after my eyes, Or if any spot adheres to my hands,7If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
8Then let me sow, and another eat; Yes, let my harvest be rooted out.8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
9“If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,9If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;
10Then let my wife grind for another, And let others bow down over her.10Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
11For that would be wickedness; Yes, it would be iniquity deserving of judgment.11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
12For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction, And would root out all my increase.12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
13“If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me,13If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
14What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?14What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
15Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
16“If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17Or eaten my morsel by myself, So that the fatherless could not eat of it17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
18(But from my youth I reared him as a father, And from my mother’s womb I guided the widow);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;)
19If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or any poor man without covering;19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;
20If his heart has not blessed me, And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21If I have raised my hand against the fatherless, When I saw I had help in the gate;21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:
22Then let my arm fall from my shoulder, Let my arm be torn from the socket.22Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
23For destruction from God is a terror to me, And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.23For 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 said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
25If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gained much;25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;
26If I have observed the sun when it shines, Or the moon moving in brightness,26If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27So that my heart has been secretly enticed, And my mouth has kissed my hand;27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
28This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment, For I would have denied God who is above.28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.
29“If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, Or lifted myself up when evil found him29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:
30(Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for a curse on his soul);30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31If the men of my tent have not said, ‘Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?’31If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.
32(But no sojourner had to lodge in the street, For I have opened my doors to the traveler);32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
33If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:
34Because I feared the great multitude, And dreaded the contempt of families, So that I kept silence And did not go out of the door—34Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?
35Oh, that I had one to hear me! Here is my mark. Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, That my Prosecutor had written a book!35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, And bind it on me like a crown;36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
37I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
38“If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;38If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
39If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or caused its owners to lose their lives;39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
40Then let thistles grow instead of wheat, And weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
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