Job 31
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1“I have cut a covenant with my eyes;

How then could I gaze at a virgin?

2And what is the portion of God from above

Or the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

3Is it not disaster to the unjust

And misfortune to those who work iniquity?

4Does He not see my ways

And number all my steps?

5“If I have walked with worthlessness,

And my foot has hastened after deceit,

6Let Him weigh me with [†]just scales,

And let God know my integrity.

7If my step has turned from the way,

Or my heart [†]followed my eyes,

Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

8Let me sow and another eat,

And let my [†]crops be uprooted.

9“If my heart has been enticed by a woman,

Or I have lied in wait at my neighbor’s doorway,

10May my wife grind for another,

And let others [†]kneel down over her.

11For that would be lewdness;

Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

12For it would be fire that consumes to [†]Abaddon,

And would uproot all my [†]produce.

13“If I have rejected the justice of my male or female [†]slaves

When they filed a complaint against me,

14What then could I do when God arises?

And when He calls me to account, with what will I respond to Him?

15Did not He who made me in the womb make him,

And the same one fashion us in the womb?

16“If I have held back the poor from their desire,

Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

17Or have eaten my morsel alone,

And the orphan has not eaten from it

18(But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,

And from the womb of my mother I guided her),

19If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,

Or that the needy had no covering,

20If his loins have not blessed me,

And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

21If I have waved my hand against the orphan

Because I saw my help in the gate,

22Let my shoulder fall from the [†]socket,

And my arm be broken off [†]at the elbow.

23For disaster from God is a dread to me,

And because of His exaltedness I can do nothing.

24“If I have put my confidence in gold,

And called fine gold my trust,

25If I have been glad because my wealth was great,

And because my hand had found so much,

26If I have looked at the [†]sun when it shone

Or the moon going in splendor,

27And my heart became secretly enticed,

And my hand [†]threw a kiss from my mouth,

28That too would have been an iniquity calling for [†]judgment,

For I would have denied God above.

29“If I have been glad at the upheaval of the one who hated me,

Or [†]exulted when evil found him—

30But I have not given over my [†]mouth to sin

By asking for his life in a curse—

31If the men of my tent have not said,

‘Who can [†]find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’—

32The sojourner has not lodged outside,

For I have opened my doors to the [†]traveler—

33If I have covered my transgressions like [†]Adam,

By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

34Because I feared the great multitude,

And the contempt of families terrified me,

And I kept silent and did not go out of doors—

35Oh that I had one to hear me!

Behold, here is my [†]signature;

Let the Almighty answer me!

And the indictment which my accuser has written,

36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;

I would bind it to myself like a crown.

37I would declare to Him the number of my steps;

Like a prince I would approach Him—

38“If my land cries out against me,

And its furrows weep together,

39If I have eaten its [†]fruit without money,

Or have caused [†]its owners to lose their lives,

40Let briars come out instead of wheat,

And stinkweed instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.

6 Lit righteous; Job 8:3, 6; 29:14
7 Lit walked after
8 Or offspring
10 Sexual relations
12 Lit the realm of destruction
12 Or yield
13 Or servants, cf. Job 1:3
22 Or back; lit shoulder
22 Lit from the bone of the upper arm
26 Lit light
27 Lit kissed my mouth
28 Lit judges
29 Lit lifted myself up
30 Lit palate
31 Lit give
32 M.T. way
33 Or mankind
35 Lit mark
39 Lit strength
39 Lit the soul of its owners to expire

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