Job 31 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?ab 2 For what portion [would I have] from God above, or [what] inheritance from the Almighty on high?c 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 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 7 If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,f 8 let someone else eat what I have sown, and let my crops be uprooted.g 9 If my heart has been seduced by [my neighbor's] wife or I have lurked at his door,h 10 let my own wife grind [grain] for another man, and let other men sleep withi her. 11 For that would be a disgrace; it would be a crime deserving punishment.jk 12 For it is a fire that consumes down to Abaddon; it would destroy my entire harvest.l 13 If I have dismissed the case of my male or female servants when they made a complaint against me,m 14 what could I do when God stands up [to judge]? How should I answer Him when He calls [me] to account?n 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 16 If I have refused the wishes of the poorp or let the widow's eyes go blind, 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- 19 if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothing or a needy person without a cloak,r 20 if hes did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep, 21 if I ever cast my votet against a fatherless child when I saw that I had support in the [city] gate,u 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 24 If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust,w 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 28 this would also be a crime deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.z 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 doaa by hiding my guilt in my heart, 34 because I greatly feared the crowds, and the contempt of the clans terrified me,bb so I grew silent and would not go outside? 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.cc 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,dd 39 if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,ee 40 then let thorns grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley.ff The words of Job are concluded.
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