Job 1:88And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you a considered my b servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, c a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
Job 16:1717although there is no d violence in my hands,
and my prayer is pure.
Job 23:11-1211My foot e has held fast to his steps;
I have kept his way and have f not turned aside.
12I have not departed from the commandment of his lips;
I have g treasured the words of his mouth more than my h portion of food.
Job 27:5-65Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my i integrity from me.
6I j hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not k reproach me for any of my days.
Job 29:12-1712because I l delivered the poor who cried for help,
and the fatherless who had none to help him.
13 m The blessing of him who was n about to perish came upon me,
and I caused o the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
14I p put on righteousness, and it clothed me;
my justice was like a robe and q a turban.
15I was r eyes to the blind
and feet to the lame.
16I was a father to the needy,
and I searched out s the cause of him whom I did not know.
17I t broke u the fangs of the unrighteous
and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
Job’s Final Appeal1 “I have made a covenant with my v eyes;
how then could I gaze at a virgin?
2What would be w my portion from God above
and x my heritage from the Almighty on high?
3Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 y Does not he see my ways
and z number all my steps?
5 “If I have walked with falsehood
and my foot has hastened to deceit;
6(Let me be aa weighed in a just balance,
and let God know my integrity!)
7if my step has turned aside from the way
and ab my heart has gone after my eyes,
and if any ac spot has stuck to my hands,
8then let me ad sow, and another eat,
and let what grows for me ▼
▼Or let my descendantsbe rooted out.
9 “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
and I have af lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,
10then let my wife ag grind for another,
and let others ah bow down on her.
11For that would be a heinous crime;
that would be an iniquity ai to be punished by the judges;
12for that would be a fire aj that consumes as far as Abaddon,
and it would burn to the root all my increase.
13 “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
when they brought a complaint against me,
14what then shall I do when God rises up?
When he ak makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15Did al not he who made me in the womb make him?
And did not one fashion us in the womb?
16 “If I have am withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have an caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
17or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it
18(for from my youth the fatherless ▼
▼Hebrew hegrew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow ▼
19if I have seen anyone aq perish for ar lack of clothing,
or the needy without as covering,
20if his body has not at blessed me, ▼
▼Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me
and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
21if I have raised my hand against av the fatherless,
because I saw my help in aw the gate,
22then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
and let my arm be broken from its socket.
23For I was ax in terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his ay majesty.
24 az “If I have made gold my ba trust
or called bb fine gold my confidence,
25if I have bc rejoiced because my wealth was abundant
or because bd my hand had found much,
26 be if I have looked at the sun ▼
▼Hebrew the lightwhen it shone,
or bg the moon moving in splendor,
27and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my mouth has kissed my hand,
28this also would be bh an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
for I would have been false to God above.
29 “If I have bi rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
or exulted when evil overtook him
30( bj I have not let my mouth sin
by asking for his life with a curse),
31if the men of my tent have not said,
‘Who is there that has not been filled with his bk meat?’
32( bl the sojourner has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the traveler),
33if I bm have concealed my transgressions bn as others do ▼
▼Or as Adam did
by hiding my iniquity in my heart,
34because I stood in great fear of bp the multitude,
and the contempt of families terrified me,
so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors—
35Oh, that I had one to hear me!
(Here is my signature! Let the Almighty bq answer me!)
Oh, that I had br the indictment written by my adversary!
36Surely I would carry it on my bs shoulder;
I would bt bind it on me as bu a crown;
37I would give him an account of all my steps;
like a prince I would approach him.
38 “If my land has cried out against me
and its furrows have wept together,
39 bv if I have eaten its yield without payment
and made its owners bw breathe their last,
40let bx thorns grow instead of wheat,
and foul weeds instead of barley.”
The words of Job are ended.
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