Job 31

Job Vindicates Himself

31:1 “I made a covenant with1 my eyes;

how then could I entertain thoughts against a virgin?2

31:2 What then would be one’s lot from God above,

one’s heritage from the Almighty3 on high?

31:3 Is it not misfortune for the unjust,

and disaster for those who work iniquity?

31:4 Does he not see my ways

and count all my steps?

31:5 If4 I have walked in falsehood,

and if5 my foot has hastened6 to deceit –

31:6 let him7 weigh me with honest8 scales;

then God will discover9 my integrity.

31:7 If my footsteps have strayed from the way,

if my heart has gone after my eyes,10

or if anything11 has defiled my hands,

31:8 then let me sow12 and let another eat,

and let my crops13 be uprooted.

31:9 If my heart has been enticed by a woman,

and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,14

31:10 then let my wife turn the millstone15 for another man,

and may other men have sexual relations with her.16

31:11 For I would have committed17 a shameful act,18

an iniquity to be judged.19

31:12 For it is a fire that devours even to Destruction,20

and it would uproot21 all my harvest.

31:13 “If I have disregarded the right of my male servants

or my female servants

when they disputed22 with me,

31:14 then what will I do when God confronts me in judgment;23

when he intervenes,24

how will I respond to him?

31:15 Did not the one who made me in the womb make them?25

Did not the same one form us in the womb?

31:16 If I have refused to give the poor what they desired,26

or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

31:17 If I ate my morsel of bread myself,

and did not share any of it with orphans27

31:18 but from my youth I raised the orphan28 like a father,

and from my mother’s womb29

I guided the widow!30

31:19 If I have seen anyone about to perish for lack of clothing,

or a poor man without a coat,

31:20 whose heart did not bless me31

as he warmed himself with the fleece of my sheep,32

31:21 if I have raised my hand33 to vote against the orphan,

when I saw my support in the court,34

31:22 then35 let my arm fall from the shoulder,36

let my arm be broken off at the socket.37

31:23 For the calamity from God was a terror to me,38

and by reason of his majesty39 I was powerless.

31:24 “If I have put my confidence in gold

or said to pure gold,

‘You are my security!’

31:25 if I have rejoiced because of the extent of my wealth,

or because of the great wealth my hand had gained,

31:26 if I looked at the sun40 when it was shining,

and the moon advancing as a precious thing,

31:27 so that my heart was secretly enticed,

and my hand threw them a kiss from my mouth,41

31:28 then this42 also would be iniquity to be judged,43

for I would have been false44 to God above.

31:29 If45 I have rejoiced over the misfortune of my enemy46

or exulted47 because calamity48 found him –

31:30 I49 have not even permitted my mouth50 to sin

by asking51 for his life through a curse –

31:31 if52 the members of my household53 have never said,54

‘If only there were55 someone

who has not been satisfied from Job’s56 meat!’ –

31:32 But57 no stranger had to spend the night outside,

for I opened my doors to the traveler58

31:33 if59 I have covered my transgressions as men do,60

by hiding61 iniquity in my heart,62

31:34 because I was terrified63 of the great multitude,64

and the contempt of families terrified me,

so that I remained silent

and would not go outdoors – 65

Job’s Appeal

31:35 “If only I had66 someone to hear me!

Here is my signature – 67

let the Almighty answer me!

If only I had an indictment68

that my accuser had written.69

31:36 Surely70 I would wear it proudly71 on my shoulder,

I would bind72 it on me like a crown;

31:37 I would give him an accounting of my steps;

like a prince I would approach him.

Job’s Final Solemn Oath73

31:38 “If my land cried out against me74

and all its furrows wept together,

31:39 if I have eaten its produce without paying,75

or caused the death76 of its owners,77

31:40 then let thorns sprout up in place of wheat,

and in place of barley, weeds!”78

The words of Job are ended.

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