Job Asserts His Integrity

31 “I have made a covenant with my (A)eyes;
How then could I gaze at a virgin?
“And what is (B)the portion of God from above
Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
“Is it not (C)calamity to the unjust
And disaster to (D)those who work iniquity?
“Does He not (E)see my ways
And (F)number all my steps?

“If I have (G)walked with falsehood,
And my foot has hastened after deceit,
Let Him (H)weigh me with [a]accurate scales,
And let God know (I)my integrity.
“If my step has (J)turned from the way,
Or my heart [b]followed my eyes,
Or if any (K)spot has stuck to my hands,
Let me (L)sow and another eat,
And let my [c](M)crops be uprooted.

“If my heart has been (N)enticed by a woman,
Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway,
10 May my wife (O)grind for another,
And let (P)others [d]kneel down over her.
11 “For that would be a (Q)lustful crime;
Moreover, it would be (R)an iniquity punishable by judges.
12 “For it would be (S)fire that consumes to [e](T)Abaddon,
And would (U)uproot all my [f]increase.

13 “If I have (V)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 (W)He who made me in the womb make him,
And the same one fashion us in the womb?

16 “If I have kept (X)the poor from their desire,
Or have caused the eyes of (Y)the widow to fail,
17 Or have (Z)eaten my morsel alone,
And (AA)the orphan has not [g]shared it
18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
And from [h]infancy I guided her),
19 If I have seen anyone perish (AB)for lack of clothing,
Or that (AC)the needy had no covering,
20 If his loins have not [i]thanked me,
And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
21 If I have lifted up my hand against (AD)the orphan,
Because I saw [j]I had support (AE)in the gate,
22 Let my shoulder fall from the [k]socket,
And my (AF)arm be broken off [l]at the elbow.
23 “For (AG)calamity from God is a terror to me,
And because of (AH)His [m]majesty I can do nothing.

24 “If I have put my confidence in (AI)gold,
And called fine gold my trust,
25 If I have (AJ)gloated because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had secured so much;
26 If I have (AK)looked at the [n]sun when it shone
Or the moon going in splendor,
27 And my heart became secretly enticed,
And my hand [o]threw a kiss from my mouth,
28 That too would have been (AL)an iniquity calling for [p]judgment,
For I would have (AM)denied God above.

29 “Have I (AN)rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy,
Or [q]exulted when evil befell him?
30 [r]No, (AO)I have not [s]allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for his life in (AP)a curse.
31 “Have the men of my tent not said,
‘Who can [t]find one who has not been (AQ)satisfied with his meat’?
32 “The alien has not lodged outside,
For I have opened my doors to the [u]traveler.
33 “Have I (AR)covered my transgressions like [v]Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
34 Because I (AS)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 [w]signature;
(AT)Let the Almighty answer me!
And the indictment which my (AU)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 (AV)the number of my steps;
Like (AW)a prince I would approach Him.

38 “If my (AX)land cries out against me,
And its furrows weep together;
39 If I have (AY)eaten its [x]fruit without money,
Or have (AZ)caused [y]its owners to lose their lives,
40 Let (BA)briars [z]grow instead of wheat,
And stinkweed instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.


  1. Job 31:6 Lit just
  2. Job 31:7 Lit walked after
  3. Job 31:8 Or offspring
  4. Job 31:10 I.e. sexual relations
  5. Job 31:12 I.e. place of destruction
  6. Job 31:12 Or yield
  7. Job 31:17 Lit eaten from it
  8. Job 31:18 Lit my mother’s womb
  9. Job 31:20 Lit blessed
  10. Job 31:21 Lit my help
  11. Job 31:22 Lit shoulder; or back
  12. Job 31:22 Lit from the bone of the upper arm
  13. Job 31:23 Lit exaltation
  14. Job 31:26 Lit light
  15. Job 31:27 Lit kissed my mouth
  16. Job 31:28 Lit judges
  17. Job 31:29 Lit lifted myself up
  18. Job 31:30 Lit And
  19. Job 31:30 Lit given my palate
  20. Job 31:31 Lit give
  21. Job 31:32 M.T. way
  22. Job 31:33 Or mankind
  23. Job 31:35 Lit mark
  24. Job 31:39 Lit strength
  25. Job 31:39 Lit the soul of its owners to expire
  26. Job 31:40 Lit come forth

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