31:1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; How then should I look upon a virgin?
31:2 For what is the portion from God above, And the heritage from the Almighty 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 number all my steps?
31:5 If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot hath hasted to deceit;
31:6 (Let me be weighed in an even 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 hath been enticed unto a woman, And I have laid wait at my neighbor'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 have despised 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 visiteth, 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 the poor from `their' desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
31:17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;
31:18 (Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And her have I guided from my mother's womb);
31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering;
31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
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 is a terror to me, And by reason of his majesty I can 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 have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gotten much;
31:26 If I have 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 denied the God that is above.
31:29 If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, Or lifted up myself when evil found him;
31:30 (Yea, I have not suffered by mouth to sin By asking his life with a curse);
31:31 If the men of my tent have not said, Who can find one that hath not been filled with his meat?
31:32 (The sojourner hath not lodged in the street; But I have opened my doors to the traveller);
31:33 If like Adam I have covered my transgressions, By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,
31:34 Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of 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 crieth out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together;
31:39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, And cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.
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