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Job 31

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