Job 31 (New American Standard)

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Job Asserts His Integrity

1 "I have made a covenant with my 1eyes ; How then could I gaze at a virgin ? 2 "And what is 2the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high ? 3 "Is it not 3calamity to the unjust And disaster to 4those who work iniquity ? 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, 6 Let Him 8weigh me with aaccurate scales, And let God know 9my integrity. 7 "If my step has 10turned from the way, Or my heart bfollowed my eyes, Or if any 11spot has stuck to my hands, 8 Let me 12sow and another eat, And let my c13crops be uprooted. 9 "If my heart has been 14enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway, 10 May my wife 15grind for another, And let 16others dkneel down over her. 11 "For that would be a 17lustful crime ; Moreover, it would be 18an iniquity punishable by judges. 12 "For it would be 19fire that consumes to e20Abaddon, And would 21uproot all my fincrease. 13 "If I have 22despised the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me, 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 ? 16 "If I have kept 24the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of 25the widow to fail, 17 Or have 26eaten my morsel alone, And 27the orphan has not gshared it 18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from hinfancy I guided her), 19 If I have seen anyone perish 28for lack of clothing, Or that 29the needy had no covering, 20 If his loins have not ithanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21 If I have lifted up my hand against 30the orphan, Because I saw jI had support 31in the gate, 22 Let my shoulder fall from the ksocket, And my 32arm be broken off lat the elbow. 23 "For 33calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of 34His mmajesty I can do nothing. 24 "If I have put my confidence in 35gold, And called fine gold my trust, 25 If I have 36gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much ; 26 If I have 37looked at the nsun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor, 27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand othrew a kiss from my mouth, 28 That too would have been 38an iniquity calling for pjudgment, For I would have 39denied God above . 29 "Have I 40rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or qexulted when evil befell him? 30 "rNo, 41I have not sallowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in 42a curse. 31 "Have the men of my tent not said, 'Who can tfind one who has not been 43satisfied with his meat '? 32 "The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the utraveler. 33 "Have I 44covered my transgressions like vAdam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34 Because I 45feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors ? 35 "Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my wsignature ; 46Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my 47adversary has written, 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. 38 "If my 50land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together ; 39 If I have 51eaten its xfruit without money, Or have 52caused yits owners to lose their lives, 40 Let 53briars zgrow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
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