Job 31 ESV

Job's Final Appeal

1 "I have made a covenant with my 1eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?

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2 What would be 2my portion from God above and 3my heritage from the Almighty on high?

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3 Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 4Does not he see my ways and 5number all my steps?

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5 "If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit;
6 (Let me be 6weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!)

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7 if my step has turned aside from the way and 7my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any 8spot has stuck to my hands,

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8 then let me 9sow, and another eat, and let what grows for mea be rooted out.

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    • £ 31:8 - Or let my descendants
      9 "If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have 10lain in wait at my neighbor's door,

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      10 then let my wife 11grind for another, and let others 12bow down on her.

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      11 For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity 13to be punished by the judges;

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      12 for that would be a fire 14that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.

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      13 "If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me,
      14 what then shall I do when God rises up? When he 15makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?

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      15 Did 16not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

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      16 "If I have 17withheld anything that the poor desired, or have 18caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

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      17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
      18 (for from my youth the fatherlessb grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widowc),

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          19 if I have seen anyone 19perish for 20lack of clothing, or the needy without 21covering,

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          20 if his body has not 22blessed me,d and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

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            • ¦ 31:20 - Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me
              21 if I have raised my hand against 23the fatherless, because I saw my help in 24the gate,

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              22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
              23 For I was 25in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his 26majesty.

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              24 27"If I have made gold my 28trust or called 29fine gold my confidence,

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              25 if I have 30rejoiced because my wealth was abundant or because 31my hand had found much,

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              26 32if I have looked at the sune when it shone, or 33the moon moving in splendor,

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              27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand,
              28 this also would be 34an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above.

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                  29 "If I have 35rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him

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                  30 (36I have not let my mouth sin by asking for his life with a curse),

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                  31 if the men of my tent have not said, 'Who is there that has not been filled with his 37meat?'

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                  32 (38the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveler),

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                  33 if I 39have concealed my transgressions 40as others dof by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

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                  34 because I stood in great fear of 41the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors--

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                  35 Oh, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty 42answer me!) Oh, that I had 43the indictment written by my adversary!

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                  36 Surely I would carry it on my 44shoulder; I would 45bind it on me as 46a crown;

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                  37 I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
                  38 "If my land has cried out against me and its furrows have wept together,
                  39 47if I have eaten its yield without payment and made its owners 48breathe their last,

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                  40 let 49thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley."The words of Job are ended.

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