Job Chapter 31

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1: I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? edit

2: For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? edit

3: Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? edit

4: Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? edit

5: If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; edit

6: Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity. edit

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

8: Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out. edit

9: If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door; edit

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

11: For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. edit

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

13: If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me; edit

14: What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? edit

15: Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb? edit

16: If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; edit

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

18: (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;) edit

19: If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; edit

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

21: If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: edit

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

23: For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure. edit

24: If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; edit

25: If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; edit

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

27: And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: edit

28: This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. edit

29: If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: edit

30: Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. edit

31: If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied. edit

32: The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller. edit

33: If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom: edit

34: Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door? edit

35: Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. edit

36: Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. edit

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

38: If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; edit

39: If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life: edit

40: Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended. edit

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