Job 31

Job’s Final Appeal

1 “I have made a covenant with my a  eyes;
how then could I gaze at a virgin?
2What would be b  my portion from God above
and c  my heritage from the Almighty on high?
3Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 d  Does not he see my ways
and e  number all my steps?
5 If I have walked with falsehood
and my foot has hastened to deceit;
6(Let me be f  weighed in a just balance,
and let God know my integrity!)
7if my step has turned aside from the way
and g  my heart has gone after my eyes,
and if any h  spot has stuck to my hands,
8then let me i  sow, and another eat,
and let what grows for me
Or  let my descendants
be rooted out.
9 If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
and I have k  lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,
10then let my wife l  grind for another,
and let others m  bow down on her.
11For that would be a heinous crime;
that would be an iniquity n  to be punished by the judges;
12for that would be a fire o  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 p  makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15Did q  not he who made me in the womb make him?
And did not one fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have r  withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have s  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 he
grew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow
Hebrew her
19if I have seen anyone v  perish for w  lack of clothing,
or the needy without x  covering,
20if his body has not y  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 aa  the fatherless,
because I saw my help in ab  the gate,
22then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
and let my arm be broken from its socket.
23For I was ac  in terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his ad  majesty.
24 ae  “If I have made gold my af  trust
or called ag  fine gold my confidence,
25if I have ah  rejoiced because my wealth was abundant
or because ai  my hand had found much,
26 aj  if I have looked at the sun
Hebrew  the light
when it shone,
or al  the moon moving in splendor,
27and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my mouth has kissed my hand,
28this also would be am  an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
for I would have been false to God above.
29 If I have an  rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
or exulted when evil overtook him
30( ao  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 ap  meat?’
32( aq  the sojourner has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the traveler),
33if I ar  have concealed my transgressions as  as others do
Or  as Adam did

by hiding my iniquity in my heart,
34because I stood in great fear of au  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 av  answer me!)
Oh, that I had aw  the indictment written by my adversary!
36Surely I would carry it on my ax  shoulder;
I would ay  bind it on me as az  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 ba  if I have eaten its yield without payment
and made its owners bb  breathe their last,
40let bc  thorns grow instead of wheat,
and foul weeds instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.

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