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Job 31 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look upon a virgin? 1 "I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl.
2 What would be my portion from God above, and my heritage from the Almighty on high? 2 For what is man's lot from God above, his heritage from the Almighty on high?
3 Does not calamity befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity? 3 Is it not ruin for the wicked, disaster for those who do wrong?
4 Does not he see my ways, and number all my steps? 4 Does he not see my ways and count my every step?
5 "If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hastened to deceit; 5 "If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit--
6 (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!) 6 let God weigh me in honest scales and he will know that I am blameless--
7 if my step has turned aside from the way, and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has cleaved to my hands; 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 let me sow, and another eat; and let what grows for me be rooted out. 8 then may others eat what I have sown, and may my crops be uprooted.
9 "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have lain in wait at 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 let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her. 10 then may my wife grind another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.
11 For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; 11 For that would have been shameful, a sin to be judged.
12 for that would be a fire which consumes unto Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase. 12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction; it would have uprooted my harvest.
13 "If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me; 13 "If I have denied justice to my menservants and maidservants when they had a grievance against me,
14 what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? 14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?
15 Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb? 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
16 "If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 16 "If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it 17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless--
18 (for from his youth I reared him as a father, and from his mother's womb I guided him); 18 but from my youth I reared him as would a father, and from my birth I guided the widow--
19 if I have seen any one perish for lack of clothing, or a poor man without covering; 19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing, or a needy man without a garment,
20 if his loins have not blessed me, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 20 and his heart did not bless me for warming him with the fleece from my sheep,
21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw help in the gate; 21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, knowing that I had influence in court,
22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket. 22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.
23 For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty. 23 For I dreaded destruction from God, and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.
24 "If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence; 24 "If I have put my trust in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'
25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, or because my hand had gotten much; 25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth, the fortune my hands had gained,
26 if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, 26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance or the moon moving in splendor,
27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand; 27 so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I should have been false to God above. 28 then these also would be sins to be judged, for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.
29 "If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him that hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him 29 "If I have rejoiced at my enemy's misfortune or gloated over the trouble that came to him--
30 (I have not let my mouth sin by asking for his life with a curse); 30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against his life--
31 if the men of my tent have not said, 'Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?' 31 if the men of my household have never said, 'Who has not had his fill of Job's meat?'--
32 (the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the wayfarer); 32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler--
33 if I have concealed my transgressions from men, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 33 if I have concealed my sin as men do, by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 because I stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors-- 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, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary! 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 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown; 36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder, I would put it on like a crown.
37 I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him. 37 I would give him an account of my every step; like a prince I would approach him.)--
38 "If my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept together; 38 "if my land cries out against me and all its furrows are wet with tears,
39 if I have eaten its yield without payment, and caused the death of its owners; 39 if I have devoured its yield without payment or broken the spirit of its tenants,
40 let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended. 40 then let briers come up instead of wheat and weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.