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Job 31 (Lexham English Bible)

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Job’s Final Defense Continued

1 "I made a covenant with my eyes, soa how could I look closely upon a virgin? 2 And what [is] the portion of God from above orb the heritage of Shaddai from on high? 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}.c 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 ord female slave's case when their complaint [was] against me, 14 thene what shall I do when God rises up? And when he enquires, how shall I answer him? 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], orf I have caused [the] widow's eyes to fail, 17 or I have eaten my morsel {alone},g and [the] orphan has not eaten from it 18 (for from my childhood heh {grew up with}i me like a father, and from my mother's womb I guided herj), 19 if I have seen [the one who] perishes because of no clothing ork [that] there is no covering for the poor, 20 if his loins have not blessed me, orl by means of my sheep's fleece he has warmed himself, 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}m because of his majesty. 24 "If I have made gold my trust, orn I have called fine gold my security, 25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth [was] great oro because my hand found a fortune, 26 if I looked at [the] sun when it shone orp [at the] moon moving [in] splendor, 27 and {I was secretly enticed},q and {my hand threw them a kiss},r 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 ors have exulted when evil overtook him-- 30 no,t I have not allowed my mouth to sin, to ask his life with a curse. 31 {Have the people of my tent not said},u '{O that}v someonew had not been satisfied with his meat'? 32 An alien has not lodged in the street; I have opened my door to the traveler. 33 {Have I concealed}x my transgressions as [other] human beings to hide my iniquity in my bosom 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}y {I had}z someone hearing me! Here is my signature; let Shaddai answer me! {As for}aa [the] written communication [that] {my adversary}bb has written, 36 I would {surely}cc carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me [like] a crown. 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, ordd I have caused [the] breath of its owners to die, 40 let thorns grow in place of wheat and noxious weeds in place of barley." The words of Job are ended.
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