1 I've made a covenant with my eyes; how could I look at a virgin?

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      2 What is God's portion for me from above, the Almighty's inheritance from on high?

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        • a 31:2 - Heb lacks <i>for me.</i>
          3 Isn't it disaster for the wicked, destruction for workers of iniquity?
          4 Doesn't he see my ways, count all my steps?


          5 If I have walked with frauds or my feet have hurried to deceit,

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              6 let him weigh me on accurate scales; let God know my integrity.
              7 If my step has turned from the way, if my heart has followed my eyes or a blemish has clung to my hands,
              8 then let me sow and another reap; let my offspring be uprooted.


              9 If my heart has been drawn to a woman and I have lurked at my neighbor's door,

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                  10 then may my wife grind for another and others kneel over her;
                  11 for that's a crime; it's a punishable offense;
                  12 indeed, it's a fire that consumes to the underworld, uprooting all my harvest.

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                    • b 31:12 - Heb <i>Abaddon</i>


                      13 If I've rejected the just cause of my male or female servant when they contended with me,

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                          14 what could I do when God rises; when he requires an account, what could I answer?
                          15 Didn't the one who made me in the belly make them; didn't the same one fashion us in the womb?

                          The defenseless

                          16 If I have denied what the poor wanted, made a widow's eyes tired,

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                              17 eaten my morsel alone, and not shared any with an orphan
                              18 (for from my youth I raised the orphan as a father, and from my mother's womb I led the widow);

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                                • c 31:18 - Heb lacks <i>orphan . . . widow.</i>
                                  19 if I ever saw someone dying without clothes, the needy naked;
                                  20 if they haven't blessed me fervently, or if they weren't warmed by the wool from my sheep;

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                                    • d 31:20 - Or <i>his loins</i>
                                      21 if I have lifted my hand against the orphans, when I saw that I had help in the city gate—
                                      22 may my arm fall from my shoulder, my forearm be broken at the elbow—
                                      23 for God's calamity is terror to me; I couldn't endure his splendor.

                                      False worship

                                      24 If I've made gold my trust, said to fine gold: "My security!"

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                                          25 if I've rejoiced because my wealth was great, when my hand found plenty;
                                          26 if I've looked at the sun when it shone, the moon, splendid as it moved;
                                          27 and my mind has been secretly enticed, and threw a kiss with my hand,
                                          28 that also is a punishable offense, because I would then be disloyal to God above.

                                          Other’s misfortune

                                          29 If I have rejoiced over my foes' ruin or was excited when evil found them,

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                                              30 I didn't let my mouth sin by asking for their life with a curse.
                                              31 Surely those in my tent never said: "Who has been filled by Job's food?"
                                              32 A stranger didn't spend the night in the street; I opened my doors to the road.

                                              Concealing sin

                                              33 If I have hidden my transgressions like Adam, concealing my offenses inside me

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                                                • e 31:33 - Or <i>like a human</i>
                                                  34 because I feared the large crowd; the clan's contempt frightened me; I was quiet and didn't venture outside.

                                                  Sealing the solemn pledge

                                                  35 Oh, that I had someone to hear me! Here's my signature; let the Almighty respond, and let my accuser write an indictment.

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                                                    • f 31:35 - Heb <i>tau</i>, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet
                                                      36 Surely I would bear it on my shoulder, tie it around me like a wreath.
                                                      37 I would give him an account of my steps, approach him like a prince.

                                                      Abuse of the land

                                                      38 If my land has cried out against me, its rows wept together;

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                                                          39 if I have eaten its yield without payment and caused its owners grief,
                                                          40 may briars grow instead of wheat, poisonous weeds instead of barley. Job's words are complete.