Job 31 (New International Version)

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1 "I made a covenant with my eyes1 not to look lustfully at a girl.2 2 For what is man's lot3 from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?4 3 Is it not ruin5 for the wicked, disaster6 for those who do wrong?7 4 Does he not see my ways8 and count my every step?9 5 "If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit10-- 6 let God weigh me11 in honest scales12 and he will know that I am blameless13-- 7 if my steps have turned from the path,14 if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands15 have been defiled,16 8 then may others eat what I have sown,17 and may my crops be uprooted.18 9 "If my heart has been enticed19 by a woman,20 or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door, 10 then may my wife grind21 another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.22 11 For that would have been shameful,23 a sin to be judged.24 12 It is a fire25 that burns to Destructiona;26 it would have uprooted my harvest.27 13 "If I have denied justice to my menservants and maidservants28 when they had a grievance against me,29 14 what will I do when God confronts me?30 What will I answer when called to account?31 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them?32 Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?33 16 "If I have denied the desires of the poor34 or let the eyes of the widow35 grow weary,36 17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless37-- 18 but from my youth I reared him as would a father, and from my birth I guided the widow38-- 19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,39 or a needy40 man without a garment, 20 and his heart did not bless me41 for warming him with the fleece42 from my sheep, 21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,43 knowing that I had influence in court,44 22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.45 23 For I dreaded destruction from God,46 and for fear of his splendor47 I could not do such things.48 24 "If I have put my trust in gold49 or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'50 25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,51 the fortune my hands had gained,52 26 if I have regarded the sun53 in its radiance or the moon54 moving in splendor, 27 so that my heart was secretly enticed55 and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,56 28 then these also would be sins to be judged,57 for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.58 29 "If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune59 or gloated over the trouble that came to him60-- 30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against his life61-- 31 if the men of my household have never said, 'Who has not had his fill of Job's meat?'62-- 32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler63-- 33 if I have concealed64 my sin as men do,b by hiding65 my guilt in my heart 34 because I so feared the crowd66 and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent67 and would not go outside-- 35 ("Oh, that I had someone to hear me!68 I sign now my defense--let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser69 put his indictment in writing. 36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,70 I would put it on like a crown.71 37 I would give him an account of my every step;72 like a prince73 I would approach him.)-- 38 "if my land cries out against me74 and all its furrows are wet75 with tears, 39 if I have devoured its yield without payment76 or broken the spirit of its tenants,77 40 then let briers78 come up instead of wheat and weeds79 instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.80
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