Job 311 I made a covenant with mine eyes; how then should I look upon a maid? 2 For what would be the portion of God from above, and the heritage of the Almighty from on high? 3 Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity? 4 Doth not He see my ways, and count all my steps? 5 If I have walked with vanity, and my foot hath hasted to deceitâ€” 6 Let me be weighed in a just balance, that God may know mine integrityâ€” 7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and my heart walked after mine eyes, and if any spot hath cleaved to my hands; 8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
9 If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbour's door; 10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. 11 For that were a heinous crime; yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges. 12 For it is a fire that consumeth unto destruction, and would root out all mine increase. 13 If I did despise the cause of my man-servant, or of my maid-servant, when they contended with meâ€” 14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when He remembereth, what shall I answer Him? 15 Did not He that made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have withheld aught that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; 17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereofâ€” 18 Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have been her guide from my mother's womb. 19 If I have seen any wanderer in want of clothing, or that the needy had no covering; 20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate; 22 Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone. 23 For calamity from God was a terror to me, and by reason of His majesty I could do nothing.
24 If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold: 'Thou art my confidence'; 25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much; 26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; 27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, and my mouth hath kissed my hand; 28 This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have lied to God that is above. 29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or exulted when evil found himâ€” 30 Yea, I suffered not my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse. 31 If the men of my tent said not: 'Who can find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat?' 32 The stranger did not lodge in the street; my doors I opened to the roadside.
33 If after the manner of men I covered my transgressions, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosomâ€” 34 Because I feared the great multitude, and the most contemptible among families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door. 35 Oh that I had one to hear me!â€”Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer meâ€”and that I had the indictment which mine adversary hath written! 36 Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder; I would bind it unto me as a crown. 37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him. 38 If my land cry out against me, and the furrows thereof weep together; 39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the tillers thereof to be disappointedâ€” 40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and noisome weeds instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
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