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Job 31 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

New International Reader's Version (NIRV) New International Version (NIV)
1 "I made an agreement with my eyes. I promised not to look at another woman with sexual longing. 1 "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
2 What do human beings receive from God above? What do they get from the Mighty One in heaven? 2 For what is man's lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?
3 Sinful people are destroyed. Trouble comes to those who do what is wrong. 3 Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?
4 Doesn't God see how I live? Doesn't he count every step I take? 4 Does he not see my ways and count my every step?
5 "I haven't told any lies. My feet haven't hurried to cheat others. 5 "If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit--
6 So let God weigh me in honest scales. Then he'll know I haven't done anything wrong. 6 let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless--
7 Suppose my steps have turned away from the right path. Suppose my heart has longed for what my eyes have seen. Or suppose my hands have become 'unclean.' 7 if my steps have turned from the path, if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands have been defiled,
8 Then may others eat what I've planted. May my crops be pulled up by the roots. 8 then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted.
9 "Suppose my heart has been tempted by a woman. Or suppose I've prowled around my neighbor's door. 9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,
10 Then may my wife grind another man's grain. May other men have sex with her. 10 then may my wife grind another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.
11 Wanting another woman would have been a shameful thing. It would have been a sin that should be judged. 11 For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged.
12 It's like a fire that burns down to the grave. It would have caused my crops to be pulled up by the roots. 12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest.
13 "Suppose I haven't treated my male and female servants fairly when they've brought charges against me. 13 "If I have denied justice to my menservants and maidservants when they had a grievance against me,
14 Then what will I do when God opposes me? What answer will I give him when he asks me to explain myself? 14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?
15 Didn't he who made me make my servants also? Didn't the same God form us inside our mothers? 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
16 "I haven't said no to what poor people have wanted. I haven't let widows lose their hope. 16 "If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17 I haven't kept my bread to myself. I've shared it with children whose fathers had died. 17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless--
18 From the time I was young, I've helped those widows. I've raised those children as a father would. 18 but from my youth I reared him as would a father, and from my birth I guided the widow--
19 Suppose I've seen people dying because they didn't have any clothes. I've seen needy people who had nothing to wear. 19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or a needy man without a garment,
20 And they didn't give me their blessing when I warmed them with wool from my sheep. 20 and his heart did not bless me for warming him with the fleece from my sheep,
21 Suppose I've raised my hand against children whose fathers have died. And I did it because I knew I had power in the courts. 21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder. Let it be broken off at the joint. 22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.
23 I was afraid God would destroy me. His glory terrifies me. So I'd never do things like that. 23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.
24 "Suppose I've put my trust in gold. I've said to pure gold, 'You make me feel secure.' 24 "If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'
25 And I'm happy because I'm so wealthy. I'm glad because my hands have earned so much. 25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,
26 Suppose I've worshiped the sun in all of its glory. I've bowed down to the moon in all of its beauty. 26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor,
27 My heart has been secretly tempted. My hand has thrown kisses to the sun and moon. 27 so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
28 Then those things would have been sins that should be judged. And I wouldn't have been faithful to God in heaven. 28 then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
29 "I wasn't happy when hard times came to my enemies. I didn't enjoy seeing the trouble they had. 29 "If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him--
30 I didn't allow my mouth to sin by calling down curses on them. 30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against his life--
31 The workers in my house always said, 'Job always gives plenty of food to everyone.' 31 if the men of my household have never said, 'Who has not had his fill of Job's meat?'--
32 No stranger ever had to spend the night in the street. My door was always open to travelers. 32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler--
33 I didn't hide my sin as others do. I didn't hide my guilt in my heart. 33 if I have concealed my sin as men do, by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 I was never afraid of the crowd. I never worried that my relatives might hate me. I didn't have to keep quiet or stay inside. 34 because I so feared the crowd and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent and would not go outside--
35 "I wish someone would listen to me! I'm signing my name to everything I've said. I hope the Mighty One will give me his answer. I hope the one who brings charges against me will write them down. 35 ("Oh, that I had someone to hear me! I sign now my defense--let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser put his indictment in writing.
36 I'll wear them on my shoulder. I'll put them on my head like a crown. 36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.
37 I'll give that person a report of every step I take. I'll approach him like a prince. 37 I would give him an account of my every step; like a prince I would approach him.)--
38 "Suppose my land cries out against me. And all of its soil is wet with tears. 38 "if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,
39 Suppose I've used up its crops without paying for them. Or I've broken the spirit of its renters. 39 if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,
40 Then let thorns grow instead of wheat. Let weeds come up instead of barley." The words of Job end here. 40 then let briers come up instead of wheat and weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.