then may my wife grind another man’s grain, and may other men sleep with her.
For that would have been wicked, a sin to be judged.
It is a fire that burns to Destruction ; it would have uprooted my harvest.
“If I have denied justice to any of my servants, whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,
what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?
Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
“If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless—
but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow—
if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or the needy without garments,
and their hearts did not bless me for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,