Job 31 TNIV

1 "I made a covenant with my eyes1 not to look lustfully at a virgin.2

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2 For what is our lot3 from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?4

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3 Is it not ruin5 for the wicked, disaster6 for those who do wrong?7

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4 Does he not see my ways8 and count my every step?9

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5 "If I have walked with falsehood or my foot has hurried after deceit10--

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6 let God weigh me11 in honest scales12 and he will know that I am blameless13--

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7 if my steps have turned from the path,14 if my heart has been led by my eyes, or if my hands15 have been defiled,16

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8 then may others eat what I have sown,17 and may my crops be uprooted.18

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9 "If my heart has been enticed19 by a woman,20 or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,

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10 then may my wife grind21 another man's grain, and may other men sleep with her.22

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11 For that would have been wicked,23 a sin to be judged.24

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12 It is a fire25 that burns to Destructiona;26 it would have uprooted my harvest.27

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    • a 31:12 - Hebrew "Abaddon"
      13 "If I have denied justice to any of my servants,28 whether male or female, when they had a grievance against me,29

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      14 what will I do when God confronts me?30 What will I answer when called to account?31

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      15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them?32 Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?33

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      16 "If I have denied the desires of the poor34 or let the eyes of the widow35 grow weary,36

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      17 if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless37--

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      18 but from my youth I reared them as a father would, and from my birth I guided the widow38--

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      19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,39 or the needy40 without garments,

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      20 and their hearts did not bless me41 for warming them with the fleece42 from my sheep,

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      21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,43 knowing that I had influence in court,44

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      22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let it be broken off at the joint.45

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      23 For I dreaded destruction from God,46 and for fear of his splendor47 I could not do such things.48

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      24 "If I have put my trust in gold49 or said to pure gold, 'You are my security,'50

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      25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,51 the fortune my hands had gained,52

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      26 if I have regarded the sun53 in its radiance or the moon54 moving in splendor,

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      27 so that my heart was secretly enticed55 and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,56

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      28 then these also would be sins to be judged,57 for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.58

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      29 "If I have rejoiced at my enemies' misfortune59 or gloated over the trouble that came to them60--

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      30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by invoking a curse against their life61--

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      31 if those of my household have never said, 'Who has not been filled with Job's meat?'62--

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      32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler63--

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      33 if I have concealed64 my sin as people do,b by hiding65 my guilt in my heart

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        • b 31:33 - Or "as Adam did"
          34 because I so feared the crowd66 and so dreaded the contempt of the clans that I kept silent67 and would not go outside--

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          35 ("Oh, that I had someone to hear me!68 I sign now my defense--let the Almighty answer me; let my accuser69 put his indictment in writing.

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          36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,70 I would put it on like a crown.71

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          37 I would give him an account of my every step;72 I would present it to him as to a ruler.73)--

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          38 "if my land cries out against me74 and all its furrows are wet75 with tears,

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          39 if I have devoured its yield without payment76 or broken the spirit of its tenants,77

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          40 then let briers78 come up instead of wheat and stinkweed79 instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.80

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