Job 31 CSB

1 I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?ab

References for Job 31:1

    • a 31:1 - Or a virgin
    • b 31:1 - Pr 4:25; Mt 5:28
      2 For what portion [would I have] from God above, or [what] inheritance from the Almighty on high?c

      References for Job 31:2

          3 Doesn't disaster come to the wicked and misfortune to evildoers?
          4 Does He not see my ways and number all my steps?d

          References for Job 31:4

            • d 31:4 - Jb 14:16; 31:37; Ps 1:6
              5 If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has rushed to deceit,
              6 let God weigh me with an accurate balance, and He will recognize my integrity.e

              References for Job 31:6

                • e 31:6 - Jb 2:3,9; 27:5; Pr 11:3
                  7 If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,f

                  References for Job 31:7

                    • f 31:7 - Ps 7:3; 17:5; 44:18
                      8 let someone else eat what I have sown, and let my crops be uprooted.g

                      References for Job 31:8

                        • g 31:8 - Dt 28:30-33; Ps 52:5
                          9 If my heart has been seduced by [my neighbor's] wife or I have lurked at his door,h

                          References for Job 31:9

                            • h 31:9 - Dt 19:11; Ps 10:9; Pr 23:26-28
                              10 let my own wife grind [grain] for another man, and let other men sleep withi her.

                              References for Job 31:10

                                • i 31:10 - Lit men kneel down over
                                  11 For that would be a disgrace; it would be a crime deserving punishment.jk

                                  References for Job 31:11

                                    • j 31:11 - Lit crime judges
                                    • k 31:11 - Ex 21:22; Dt 32:31
                                      12 For it is a fire that consumes down to Abaddon; it would destroy my entire harvest.l

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                                          13 If I have dismissed the case of my male or female servants when they made a complaint against me,m

                                          References for Job 31:13

                                            • m 31:13 - Jb 29:16; Ex 23:3,6
                                              14 what could I do when God stands up [to judge]? How should I answer Him when He calls [me] to account?n

                                              References for Job 31:14

                                                • n 31:14 - Jb 7:18; 13:9
                                                  15 Did not the One who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same God form us both in the womb?o

                                                  References for Job 31:15

                                                    • o 31:15 - Ps 119:73; 139:13; Jr 1:5
                                                      16 If I have refused the wishes of the poorp or let the widow's eyes go blind,

                                                      References for Job 31:16

                                                        • p 31:16 - Jb 22:7-9; 24:4-5,9
                                                          17 if I have eaten my few crumbs alone without letting the fatherless eat any of it-
                                                          18 for from my youth, I raised him as [his] father, and since the day I was bornq I guided the widow-

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                                                            • q 31:18 - Lit and from my mother's womb
                                                              19 if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothing or a needy person without a cloak,r

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                                                                  20 if hes did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,

                                                                  References for Job 31:20

                                                                    • s 31:20 - Lit his loins
                                                                      21 if I ever cast my votet against a fatherless child when I saw that I had support in the [city] gate,u

                                                                      References for Job 31:21

                                                                        • t 31:21 - Lit I raise my hand
                                                                        • u 31:21 - Jb 29:7-17
                                                                          22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my back, and my arm be pulled from its socket.
                                                                          23 For disaster from God terrifies me, and because of His majesty I could not do [these things].v

                                                                          References for Job 31:23

                                                                            • v 31:23 - Jb 3:25; 4:14; 13:11
                                                                              24 If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust,w

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                                                                                  25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth is great or because my own hand has acquired [so] much,
                                                                                  26 if I have gazed at the sun when it was shining or at the moon moving in splendor,
                                                                                  27 so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,xy

                                                                                  References for Job 31:27

                                                                                    • x 31:27 - Lit and my hand kissed my mouth
                                                                                    • y 31:27 - Dt 4:19; 17:2-5
                                                                                      28 this would also be a crime deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.z

                                                                                      References for Job 31:28

                                                                                        • z 31:28 - Jb 31:11; Isa 59:13; Hs 2:5-13
                                                                                          29 Have I rejoiced over my enemy's distress, or become excited when trouble came his way?
                                                                                          30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.
                                                                                          31 Haven't the members of my household said, "Who is there who has not had enough to eat at Job's table?"
                                                                                          32 No stranger had to spend the night on the street, for I opened my door to the traveler.
                                                                                          33 Have I covered my transgressions as others do{ by hiding my guilt in my heart,

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                                                                                              34 because I greatly feared the crowds, and the contempt of the clans terrified me,| so I grew silent and would not go outside?

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                                                                                                • | 31:34 - Jos 1:9; Ps 27:1; Isa 8:12-13
                                                                                                  35 If only I had someone to hear my [case]! Here is my signature; let the Almighty answer me. Let my Opponent compose [His] indictment.
                                                                                                  36 I would surely carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown.}

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                                                                                                      37 I would give Him an account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.
                                                                                                      38 If my land cries out against me and its furrows join in weeping,~

                                                                                                      References for Job 31:38

                                                                                                        • ~ 31:38 - Jr 4:28; 12:4; Hs 4:3; 10:4
                                                                                                          39 if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,

                                                                                                          References for Job 31:39

                                                                                                            •  31:39 - Lit or caused the breath of its tenants to breathe out
                                                                                                              40 then let thorns grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley.€ The words of Job are concluded.

                                                                                                              References for Job 31:40

                                                                                                                • € 31:40 - Isa 34:13; Hs 9:6; Jl 1:11