Job 31 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "I made a solemn pact with myself never to undress a girl with my eyes. 1 "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
2 So what can I expect from God? What do I deserve from God Almighty above? 2 For what is man's lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?
3 Isn't calamity reserved for the wicked? Isn't disaster supposed to strike those who do wrong? 3 Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?
4 Isn't God looking, observing how I live? Doesn't he mark every step I take? 4 Does he not see my ways and count my every step?
5 "Have I walked hand in hand with falsehood, or hung out in the company of deceit? 5 "If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit--
6 Weigh me on a set of honest scales so God has proof of my integrity. 6 let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless--
7 If I've strayed off the straight and narrow, wanted things I had no right to, messed around with sin, 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 Go ahead, then - give my portion to someone who deserves it. 8 then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted.
9 "If I've let myself be seduced by a woman and conspired to go to bed with her, 9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,
10 Fine, my wife has every right to go ahead and sleep with anyone she wants to. 10 then may my wife grind another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.
11 For disgusting behavior like that, I'd deserve the worst punishment you could hand out. 11 For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged.
12 Adultery is a fire that burns the house down; I wouldn't expect anything I count dear to survive it. 12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest.
13 "Have I ever been unfair to my employees when they brought a complaint to me? 13 "If I have denied justice to my menservants and maidservants when they had a grievance against me,
14 What, then, will I do when God confronts me? When God examines my books, what can I say? 14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?
15 Didn't the same God who made me, make them? Aren't we all made of the same stuff, equals before God? 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
16 "Have I ignored the needs of the poor, turned my back on the indigent, 16 "If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17 Taken care of my own needs and fed my own face while they languished? 17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless--
18 Wasn't my home always open to them? Weren't they always welcome at my table? 18 but from my youth I reared him as would a father, and from my birth I guided the widow--
19 "Have I ever left a poor family shivering in the cold when they had no warm clothes? 19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or a needy man without a garment,
20 Didn't the poor bless me when they saw me coming, knowing I'd brought coats from my closet? 20 and his heart did not bless me for warming him with the fleece from my sheep,
21 "If I've ever used my strength and influence to take advantage of the unfortunate, 21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,
22 Go ahead, break both my arms, cut off all my fingers! 22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.
23 The fear of God has kept me from these things - how else could I ever face him? If Only Someone Would Give Me a Hearing! 23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.
24 "Did I set my heart on making big money or worship at the bank? 24 "If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'
25 Did I boast about my wealth, show off because I was well-off? 25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,
26 Was I ever so awed by the sun's brilliance and moved by the moon's beauty 26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor,
27 That I let myself become seduced by them and worshiped them on the sly? 27 so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
28 If so, I would deserve the worst of punishments, for I would be betraying God himself. 28 then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
29 "Did I ever crow over my enemy's ruin? Or gloat over my rival's bad luck? 29 "If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him--
30 No, I never said a word of detraction, never cursed them, even under my breath. 30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against his life--
31 "Didn't those who worked for me say, 'He fed us well. There were always second helpings'? 31 if the men of my household have never said, 'Who has not had his fill of Job's meat?'--
32 And no stranger ever had to spend a night in the street; my doors were 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 Did I hide my sin the way Adam did, or conceal my guilt behind closed doors 33 if I have concealed my sin as men do, by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 Because I was afraid what people would say, fearing the gossip of the neighbors so much That I turned myself into a recluse? You know good and well that I didn't. 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 "Oh, if only someone would give me a hearing! I've signed my name to my defense - let the Almighty One answer! I want to see my indictment in writing. 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 Anyone's welcome to read my defense; I'll write it on a poster and carry it around town. 36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.
37 I'm prepared to account for every move I've ever made - to anyone and everyone, prince or pauper. 37 I would give him an account of my every step; like a prince I would approach him.)--
38 "If the very ground that I farm accuses me, if even the furrows fill with tears from my abuse, 38 "if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,
39 If I've ever raped the earth for my own profit or dispossessed its rightful owners, 39 if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,
40 Then curse it with thistles instead of wheat, curse it with weeds instead of barley." The words of Job to his three friends were finished. Elihu Speaks 40 then let briers come up instead of wheat and weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.