Job’s Final Defense Continued

1 "I made a covenant with my eyes, so how could I look closely upon a virgin?

References for Job 31:1

    • a 31:1 - Hebrew "and"
      2 And what [is] the portion of God from above or the heritage of Shaddai from on high?

      References for Job 31:2

        • b 31:2 - Hebrew "and"
          3 Is not disaster for [the] evil one and ruin for [the] workers of mischief?
          4 Does he not see my ways and count all my steps?
          5 "If I have walked with falseness, and my foot has hastened to deceit,
          6 let him weigh me in [the] balance of justice, and let God know my blamelessness.
          7 If my steps have turned aside from the way, and my heart has walked after my eyes, and my hand has clung to a spot,
          8 let me sow, and let another eat, and let my crops be rooted out.
          9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman, and at my neighbor's doorway I have lain in wait,
          10 let my wife grind for another, and let other [men] kneel over her,
          11 for that [is] a shameful act, and that [is] {a criminal offense}.

          References for Job 31:11

            • c 31:11 - Literally "an iniquity of judges"
              12 Indeed, that [is] a fire that will consume up to Abaddon, and it would uproot all my crop.
              13 "If I have rejected my male or female slave's case when their complaint [was] against me,

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                  14 then what shall I do when God rises up? And when he enquires, how shall I answer him?

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                      15 Did not he [who] made me in the womb make them? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
                      16 "If I have withheld [the] desire of [the] poor from [them], or I have caused [the] widow's eyes to fail,

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                          17 or I have eaten my morsel {alone}, and [the] orphan has not eaten from it

                          References for Job 31:17

                            • g 31:17 - Literally "to alone me"
                              18 (for from my childhood he {grew up with} me like a father, and from my mother's womb I guided her),

                              References for Job 31:18

                                • h 31:18 - Probably referring to "the orphan"
                                • i 31:18 - Literally "reared"
                                • j 31:18 - Probably referring to "the widow"
                                  19 if I have seen [the one who] perishes because of no clothing or [that] there is no covering for the poor,

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                                      20 if his loins have not blessed me, or by means of my sheep's fleece he has warmed himself,

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                                          21 if I have raised my hand against an orphan because I saw my supporters at the gate,
                                          22 [then] let my shoulder blade fall from [my] shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
                                          23 Indeed, the disaster from God [was] a dread for me, and {I was powerless} because of his majesty.

                                          References for Job 31:23

                                            • m 31:23 - Literally "I was not able"
                                              24 "If I have made gold my trust, or I have called fine gold my security,

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                                                  25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth [was] great or because my hand found a fortune,

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                                                      26 if I looked at [the] sun when it shone or [at the] moon moving [in] splendor,

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                                                          27 and {I was secretly enticed}, and {my hand threw them a kiss},

                                                          References for Job 31:27

                                                            • q 31:27 - Literally "it was gullible in the secrecy of my heart"
                                                            • r 31:27 - Literally "my hand kissed for my mouth"
                                                              28 this also [is] an iniquity [to be] judged, for I have deceived God above.
                                                              29 "If I have rejoiced at [the] ruin of [the one who] hated me or have exulted when evil overtook him--

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                                                                  30 no, I have not allowed my mouth to sin, to ask his life with a curse.

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                                                                      31 {Have the people of my tent not said}, '{O that} someone had not been satisfied with his meat'?

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                                                                        • u 31:31 - Literally "If the people of my tent have not said"
                                                                        • v 31:31 - Literally "who shall give"
                                                                        • w 31:31 - Or "he"
                                                                          32 An alien has not lodged in the street; I have opened my door to the traveler.
                                                                          33 {Have I concealed} my transgressions as [other] human beings to hide my iniquity in my bosom

                                                                          References for Job 31:33

                                                                            • x 31:33 - Literally "If I have concealed"
                                                                              34 because I dreaded [the] great multitude, and [the] contempt of clans terrified me, so that I kept quiet, I did not go out of [the] doorway?
                                                                              35 {O that} {I had} someone hearing me! Here is my signature; let Shaddai answer me! {As for} [the] written communication [that] {my adversary} has written,

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                                                                                • y 31:35 - Literally "Who shall give"
                                                                                • z 31:35 - Literally "for me"
                                                                                • { 31:35 - Hebrew "And," or "But"
                                                                                • | 31:35 - Literally "the man of my indictment"
                                                                                  36 I would {surely} carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me [like] a crown.

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                                                                                    • } 31:36 - Literally "if not"
                                                                                      37 I would give him an account of my steps; I would approach him like a noble.
                                                                                      38 If my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept together,
                                                                                      39 if I have eaten its yield without payment, or I have caused [the] breath of its owners to die,

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                                                                                          40 let thorns grow in place of wheat and noxious weeds in place of barley." The words of Job are ended.