Job 31

Job maketh a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties.

1I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? 2For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 3Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? 4Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? 5If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; 6Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity.
Let...: Heb. Let him weigh me in balances of justice
7If my step hath turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to my hands; 8Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

9If my heart hath been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; 10Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down upon her. 11For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. 12For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all my increase. 13If I despised the cause of my male or female servant, when they contended with me; 14What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? 15Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
did not one...: or, did he not fashion us in one womb?

16If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; 17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten of it; 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;)
her: that is, the widow
19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; 20If his loins have not blessed me, and if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: 22Then let my arm fall from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.
bone: or, chanelbone
23For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

24If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; 25If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gained much;
gotten...: Heb. found much
26If I have beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
sun: Heb. light
in...: Heb. bright
27And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
my mouth...: Heb. my hand hath kissed my mouth
28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. 29If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or have lifted up myself when evil found him: 30Neither have I allowed my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
mouth: Heb. palate
31If the men of my tent have not said, O that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied. 32The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.
traveller: or, way

33If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom:
as Adam: or, after the manner of men
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? 35O that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book.
my...: or, my sign is that the Almighty will
36Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. 37I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him. 38If my land crieth against me, or its furrows likewise complain;
complain: Heb. weep
39If I have eaten the fruits of it without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life:
fruits: Heb. strength
the owners...: Heb. the soul of the owners thereof to expire, or, breathe out
40Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and weeds instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
cockle: or, noisome weeds
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