I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?2
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?3
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?4
Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?5
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;6
Let me be weighed in an evenbalance, that God may know mine integrity.7
If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heartwalkedafter mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;8
Then let me sow , and let anothereat ; yea, let my offspring be rooted out .
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour'sdoor;10
Then let my wifegrind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.12
For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.13
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
What then shall I do when God riseth up ? and when he visiteth , what shall I answer him?
Did not he that made me in the wombmake him? and did not oneafashion us in the womb?16
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail ;
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;20
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;21
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:22
Then let mine armfall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.b23
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
If I have madegold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;25
If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gottencmuch;26
If I beheld the sund when it shined , or the moonwalking in brightness;27
And my heart hath been secretlyenticed , or my mouthe hath kissed my hand:28
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.29
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evilfound him:
Neither have I suffered my mouthf to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.31
If the men of my tabernaclesaid not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied .
The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.g33
If I covered my transgressions as Adam,h by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:34
Did I fear a greatmultitude, or did the contempt of familiesterrify me, that I kept silence , and went not out of the door?35
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversaryhadwritten a book.36
Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
If my landcry against me, or that the furrowslikewise thereof complain ;i39
If I have eaten the fruitsj thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:40
Let thistlesgrow instead of wheat, and cocklek instead of barley. The words of Job are ended .