Job 31 KJV

1 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 even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;
8 Then let me sow , and let another eat ; yea, let my offspring be rooted out .
9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;
10 Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
11 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;
14 What then shall I do when God riseth up ? and when he visiteth , what shall I answer him?
15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not onea fashion us in the womb?

References for Job 31:15

    • ă 31:15 - did not one...: or, did he not fashion us in one womb?
      16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail ;
      17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
      18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)
      19 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 arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.b

      References for Job 31:22

        • Ą 31:22 - bone: or, chanelbone
          23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.
          24 If I have made gold 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 gottenc much;

          References for Job 31:25

            • ą 31:25 - gotten...: Heb. found much
              26 If I beheld the sund when it shined , or the moon walking in brightness;

              References for Job 31:26

                • Ć 31:26 - sun: Heb. light
                  27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed , or my mouthe hath kissed my hand:

                  References for Job 31:27

                    • ć 31:27 - my mouth...: Heb. my hand hath kissed my mouth
                      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 evil found him:
                      30 Neither have I suffered my mouthf to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

                      References for Job 31:30

                        • Ĉ 31:30 - mouth: Heb. palate
                          31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied .
                          32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller.g

                          References for Job 31:32

                            • ĉ 31:32 - traveller: or, way
                              33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam,h by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

                              References for Job 31:33

                                • Ċ 31:33 - as Adam: or, after the manner of men
                                  34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify 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 adversary had written a book.
                                  36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
                                  37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.
                                  38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain ;i

                                  References for Job 31:38

                                    • ċ 31:38 - complain: Heb. weep
                                      39 If I have eaten the fruitsj thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

                                      References for Job 31:39

                                        • Č 31:39 - fruits: Heb. strength
                                          40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cocklek instead of barley. The words of Job are ended .

                                          References for Job 31:40

                                            • č 31:40 - cockle: or, noisome weeds