Job Asserts His Integrity

1 "I have made a covenant with my 1eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

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2 "And what is 2the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

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3 "Is it not 3calamity to the unjust And disaster to 4those who work iniquity?

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4 "Does He not 5see my ways And 6number all my steps?
5 "If I have 7walked with falsehood, And my foot has hastened after deceit,

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6 Let Him 8weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know 9my integrity.

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7 "If my step has 10turned from the way, Or my heart followed * my eyes, Or if any 11spot has stuck to my hands,

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    • b 31:7 - Lit "walked after"
      8 Let me 12sow and another eat, And let my 13crops be uprooted.

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      9 "If my heart has been 14enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway,

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      10 May my wife 15grind for another, And let 16others kneel down over her.

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      11 "For that would be a 17lustful crime; Moreover, it would be 18an iniquity punishable by judges.

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      12 "For it would be 19fire that consumes to 20Abaddon, And would 21uproot all my increase.

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        • e 31:12 - I.e. place of destruction
        • f 31:12 - Or "yield"
          13 "If I have 22despised the claim of my male or female slaves * When they filed a complaint against me,

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          14 What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?
          15 "Did not 23He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?

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          16 "If I have kept 24the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of 25the widow to fail,

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          17 Or have 26eaten my morsel alone, And 27the orphan has not shared * it

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            • g 31:17 - Lit "eaten from it"
              18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from infancy * I guided her),

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                • h 31:18 - Lit "my mother's womb"
                  19 If I have seen anyone perish 28for lack of clothing, Or that 29the needy had no covering,

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                  20 If his loins have not thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

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                    • i 31:20 - Lit "blessed"
                      21 If I have lifted up my hand against 30the orphan, Because I saw I had support 31in the gate,

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                      22 Let my shoulder fall from the socket, And my 32arm be broken off at the elbow.

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                        • k 31:22 - Lit "shoulder;" or "back"
                        • l 31:22 - Lit "from the bone of the upper arm"
                          23 "For 33calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of 34His majesty I can do nothing.

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                            • m 31:23 - Lit "exaltation"
                              24 "If I have put my confidence in 35gold, And called fine gold my trust,

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                              25 If I have 36gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much;

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                              26 If I have 37looked at the sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor,

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                              27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

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                                • o 31:27 - Lit "kissed my mouth"
                                  28 That too would have been 38an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have 39denied God above *.

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                                  29 "Have I 40rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or exulted when evil befell him?

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                                  30 "No, 41I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in 42a curse.

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                                    • r 31:30 - Lit "And"
                                    • s 31:30 - Lit "given my palate"
                                      31 "Have the men of my tent not said, 'Who can find one who has not been 43satisfied with his meat '?

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                                      32 "The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.

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                                          33 "Have I 44covered my transgressions like Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

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                                          34 Because I 45feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors?

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                                          35 "Oh * that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my signature; 46Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my 47adversary has written,

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                                          36 Surely * I would carry it on my shoulder, I would bind it to myself like a crown.
                                          37 "I would declare to Him 48the number of my steps; Like 49a prince I would approach Him.

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                                          38 "If my 50land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

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                                          39 If I have 51eaten its fruit without money, Or have 52caused its owners to lose their lives,

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                                            • x 31:39 - Lit "strength"
                                            • y 31:39 - Lit "the soul of its owners to expire"
                                              40 Let 53briars grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

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                                                • z 31:40 - Lit "come forth"