Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO JOB 31\\

In this chapter Job gives an account of himself in private life, of the
integrity and uprightness of his life, and his holy walk and
conversation, with this view, that it might be thought that the
afflictions which were upon him were not on account of a vicious course
of life he had indulged unto, as was suggested; and he clears himself
from various crimes which it might be insinuated he was guilty of, as
from unchastity; and he observes the method he took to prevent his
falling into it, and the reasons that dissuaded him from it,
\\#Job 31:1-4\\; from injustice in his dealings with men, \\#Job 31:5-8\\;
from the sin of adultery, \\#Job 31:9-12\\; from ill usage of his
servants, \\#Job 31:13-15\\; from unkindness to the poor, which he
enlarges upon, and gives many instances of his charity to them,
\\#Job 31:16-23\\; from covetousness, and a vain confidence in wealth,
\\#Job 31:24,25\\; from idolatry, the worship of the sun and moon,
\\#Job 31:26-28\\; from a revengeful spirit, \\#Job 31:29-31\\; and
from inhospitality to strangers, \\#Job 31:32\\; from covering his sin,
\\#Job 31:33\\; and fear of men, \\#Job 31:34\\; and then wishes his
cause might be heard before God, \\#Job 31:35-37\\; and the chapter is
closed with an imprecation on his head if guilty of any injustice,
\\#Job 31:38-40\\.