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Job Chapter 31 - New American Standard Bible

1. «IHAVE made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

2. «And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

3. «Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity?

4. «Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?

5. «If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot has hastened after deceit,

6. Let Him weigh me with [1] accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.

7. «If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart [2] followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

8. Let me sow and another eat, And let my [3] crops be uprooted.

9. «If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway,

10. May my wife grind for another, And let others [4] kneel down over her.

11. «For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

12. «For it would be fire that consumes to [6] Abaddon, And would uproot all my [5] increase.

13. «If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me,

14. What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?

15. «Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?

16. «If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

17. Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not [7] shared it

18. (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from [8] infancy I guided her),

19. If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering,

20. If his loins have not [9] thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

21. If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw [10] I had support in the gate,

22. Let my shoulder fall from the [12] socket, And my arm be broken off [11] at the elbow.

23. «For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His [13] majesty I can do nothing.

24. «If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,

25. If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much;

26. If I have looked at the [14] sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor,

27. And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand [15] threw a kiss from my mouth,

28. That too would have been an iniquity calling for [16] judgment, For I would have denied God above.

29. «Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or [17] exulted when evil befell him?

30. « [19] No, I have not [18] allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse.

31. «Have the men of my tent not said, "Who can [20] find one who has not been satisfied with his meat'?

32. «The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the [21] traveler.

33. «Have I covered my transgressions like [22] Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

34. Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors?

35. «Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my [23] signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written,

36. Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, I would bind it to myself like a crown.

37. «I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

38. «If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

39. If I have eaten its [25] fruit without money, Or have caused [24] its owners to lose their lives,

40. Let briars [26] grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley.» The words of Job are ended.

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  • 6: Lit just
  • 7: Lit walked after
  • 8: Or offspring
  • 9: I.e. sexual relations
  • 10: I.e. place of destruction
  • 11: Or yield
  • 12: Lit eaten from it
  • 13: Lit my mother's womb
  • 14: Lit blessed
  • 15: Lit my help
  • 16: Lit shoulder; or back
  • 17: Lit from the bone of the upper arm
  • 18: Lit exaltation
  • 19: Lit light
  • 20: Lit kissed my mouth
  • 21: Lit judges
  • 22: Lit lifted myself up
  • 23: Lit And
  • 24: Lit given my palate
  • 25: Lit give
  • 26: M.T. way

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