Job 31
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1I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?1"I made a covenant with my eyes; how, then, can I focus my attention on a virgin?
2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?2What would I have from God above, what heritage from the Almighty on high,
3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?3if not calamity that is due the unjust, and misfortune that is due those who practice iniquity?
4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?4He watches my life, observing every one of my actions, does he not?"
5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;5"If I've lived my life in the company of vanity, or run quickly to embrace deception,
6Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.6let my righteousness be weighed in honest scales, and God will make known my integrity.
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;7If I have stepped away from the way, or if my heart covets whatever my eyes see, or if some other blemish clings to my hands,
8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.8what I've planted, let another eat or let my crops be uprooted."
9If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;9"If my heart has been seduced by a woman and I've laid in wait at my friend's door,
10Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.10then let my wife cook for another person and may someone else sleep with her,
11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.11because something as lascivious as that is an iniquity that should be judged.
12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.12The fires of Abaddon will burn, disrupting every part of my eternal reward."
13If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;13"If I've refused to help my male and female servants when they complain against me,
14What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?14what will I do when God stands up to act? When he asks the questions, how will I answer him?
15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?15The one who made me in the womb made them, too, didn't he? Didn't the same one prepare each of us in the womb?"
16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;16"If I refused to grant the desire of the poor or exhausted the eyes of the widow,
17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;17if I ate my meals by myself without feeding orphans,
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;)18(even a poor man had grown up with me as if I were his father, and even though I had guided the widow from the time I was born),
19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;19if I've observed someone who is about to die for lack of clothes or if I have no clothing to give to the poor,
20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;20if he hadn't thanked me from the bottom of his heart, if he had not been warmed by wool from my sheep,
21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:21if I've raised my hand against an orphan when I thought I would against him in court,
22Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.22then let my arm fall from its socket; and may my arm be torn off at the shoulder.
23For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.23For I'm terrified of what calamity God may have in store for me; and I cannot endure his grandeur."
24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;24"If I've put my confidence in gold, if I've told gold, 'You're my security,'
25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;25if I've found joy in great wealth that I own, if I've earned a lot with my own hands,
26If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;26if I look at the sun when it shines or the moon as it rises in steady splendor,
27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:27so that in the depths of my deceived heart I worshipped them with my mouth and hands,
28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.28this is also a sin that deserves to be judged, since I would have tried to deceive God above."
29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:29"Have I rejoiced in the destruction of those who hate me, or have I been happy that evil caught up with him?
30Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.30No, I haven't allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.
31If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.31People in my household have said, 'We cannot find anyone who has not been satisfied with his meat,' haven't they?
32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.32No stranger ever spent the night in the street, because I opened my doors to travelers."
33If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:33"Have I covered my transgression like other people, to conceal iniquity within myself?
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?34Have I feared large crowds? Has my family's contempt ever terrified me so that I remained silent and wouldn't go outside?"
35Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.35"Who will grant me a hearing? Here's my signature —let the Almighty answer! Since my adversary indicted me,
36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.36I'll wear it on my shoulder, or tie it on my head for a crown!
37I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.37I'll give an account for every step I've taken; I'll approach him confidently like a Commander-in-Chief."
38If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;38"If my land were to cry out against me or if all its furrows wept as one,
39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:39If I've consumed its produce without paying for it and snuffed out the life of its owners;
40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.40may thorns spring up instead of wheat, and obnoxious weeds instead of barley." With this, Job's discourse with his friends is completed.
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