1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid?
2 For what would have been [my] portion of God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity?

References for Job 31:3

    • a 31:3 - Lit. 'what is strange:' see Isa. 28.21.
      4 Doth not he see my ways, and number all my steps?
      5 If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot hath hasted to deceit,
      6 (Let me be weighed in an even balance, and God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;)
      7 If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands;
      8 Let me sow, and another eat; and let mine offspring be rooted out.
      9 If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, so that I laid wait at my neighbour's door,
      10 Let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.
      11 For this is an infamy; yea, it is an iniquity [to be judged by] the judges:
      12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.
      13 If I have despised the cause of my bondman or of my bondmaid, when they contended with me,
      14 What then should I do when God riseth up? and if he visited, what should I answer him?
      15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not One fashion us in the womb?
      16 If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
      17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, so that the fatherless ate not thereof,
      18 (For from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have guided the [widow] from my mother's womb;)
      19 If I have seen any perishing for want of clothing, or any needy without covering;
      20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs;
      21 If I have lifted up my hand against an orphan, because I saw my help in the gate:
      22 [Then] let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone!
      23 For calamity from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his excellency I was powerless.
      24 If I have made gold my hope, or said to the fine gold, My confidence!
      25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;
      26 If I beheld the sun when it shone, or the moon walking in brightness,

      References for Job 31:26

        • b 31:26 - Lit. 'light.'
          27 And my heart have been secretly enticed, so that my mouth kissed my hand:
          28 This also would be an iniquity for the judge, for I should have denied the God who is above.
          29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, and exulted when evil befell him;

          References for Job 31:29

              30 (Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse;)

              References for Job 31:30

                • d 31:30 - Lit. 'palate.'
                  31 If the men of my tent said not, Who shall find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat? --
                  32 The stranger did not lodge without; I opened my doors to the pathway.
                  33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,
                  34 Because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door, ...
                  35 Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold my signature: let the Almighty answer me! And let mine opponent write an accusation!
                  36 Would I not take it upon my shoulder? I would bind it on to me [as] a crown;
                  37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come near to him.
                  38 If my land cry out against me, and its furrows weep together;
                  39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have tormented to death the souls of its owners:

                  References for Job 31:39

                    • e 31:39 - or 'despised.'
                      40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and tares instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.