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Job - Chapter 031

31:1
I made a covenant with mine eyes; how then should I look upon a maid?

31:2
For what would be the portion of God from above, and the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

31:3
Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity?

31:4
Doth not He see my ways, and count all my steps?

31:5
If I have walked with vanity, and my foot hath hasted to deceit--

31:6
Let me be weighed in a just balance, that God may know mine integrity--

31:7
If my step hath turned out of the way, and my heart walked after mine eyes, and if any spot hath cleaved to my hands;

31:8
Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.

31:9
If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbour's door;

31:10
Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.

31:11
For that were a heinous crime; yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

31:12
For it is a fire that consumeth unto destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

31:13
If I did despise the cause of my man-servant, or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me--

31:14
What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when He remembereth, what shall I answer Him?

31:15
Did not He that made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion us in the womb?

31:16
If I have withheld aught that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

31:17
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof--

31:18
Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have been her guide from my mother's womb.

31:19
If I have seen any wanderer in want of clothing, or that the needy had no covering;

31:20
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

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31:21
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate;

31:22
Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

31:23
For calamity from God was a terror to me, and by reason of His majesty I could do nothing.

31:24
If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold: 'Thou art my confidence';

31:25
If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;

31:26
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;

31:27
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, and my mouth hath kissed my hand;

31:28
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have lied to God that is above.

31:29
If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or exulted when evil found him--

31:30
Yea, I suffered not my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse.

31:31
If the men of my tent said not: 'Who can find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat?'

31:32
The stranger did not lodge in the street; my doors I opened to the roadside.

31:33
If after the manner of men I covered my transgressions, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom--

31:34
Because I feared the great multitude, and the most contemptible among families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door.

31:35
Oh that I had one to hear me! --Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me--and that I had the indictment which mine adversary hath written!

31:36
Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder; I would bind it unto me as a crown.

31:37
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

31:38
If my land cry out against me, and the furrows thereof weep together;

31:39
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the tillers thereof to be disappointed--

31:40
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and noisome weeds instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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-- Job - Chapter 031 --





 
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