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Job 31 NIV

1 “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.

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2 For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?

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3 Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?

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4 Does he not see my ways and count my every step?

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5 “If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit—

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6 let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless—

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7 if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,

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8 then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted.

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9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,

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10 then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.

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11 For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.

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12 It is a fire that burns to Destructiona ; it would have uprooted my harvest.

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    • ‘ 31:12 - Hebrew "Abaddon"
      13 “If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,

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      14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?

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      15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

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      16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,

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      17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless—

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      18 but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow—

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      19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or the needy without garments,

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      20 and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,

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      21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,

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      22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.

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      23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

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      24 “If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’

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      25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,

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      26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor,

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      27 so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,

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      28 then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

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      29 “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him—

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      30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against their life—

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      31 if those of my household have never said, ‘Who has not been filled with Job’s meat?’—

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      32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler—

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      33 if I have concealed my sin as people do,bby hiding my guilt in my heart

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        • ’ 31:33 - Or "as Adam did"
          34 because I so feared the crowd and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside—

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          35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me! I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser put his indictment in writing.

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          36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.

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          37 I would give him an account of my every step; I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—

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          38 “if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,

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          39 if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,

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          40 then let briers come up instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.

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          • a 31:12 - Hebrew "Abaddon"
          • b 31:33 - Or "as Adam did"