31 1I DICTATED a covenant (an agreement) to my eyes; how then could I look [lustfully] upon a girl? 2For what portion should I have from God above [if I were lewd], and what heritage from the Almighty on high? 3Does not calamity [justly] befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity? 4Does not [God] see my ways and count all my steps? 5If I have walked with falsehood or vanity, or if my foot has hastened to deceit-- 6Oh, let me be weighed in a just balance and let Him weigh me, that God may know my integrity! 7If my step has turned out of [God’s] way, and my heart has gone the way my eyes [covetously] invited, and if any spot has stained my hands with guilt, 8Then let me sow and let another eat; yes, let the produce of my field or my offspring be rooted out. 9If my heart has been deceived and I made a fool by a woman, or if I have [covetously] laid wait at my neighbor’s door [until his departure], 10Then let my wife grind [meal, like a bondslave] for another, and let others bow down upon her. 11For [adultery] is a heinous and chief crime, an iniquity [to demand action by] the judges and punishment. 12For [uncontrolled passion] is a fire which consumes to Abaddon (to destruction, ruin, and the place of final torment); [that fire once lighted would rage until all is consumed] and would burn to the root all my [life’s] increase. 13If I have despised and rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant when they contended or brought a complaint against me, 14What then shall I do when God rises up [to judge]? When He visits [to inquire of me], what shall I answer Him? 15Did not He Who made me in the womb make [my servant]? And did not One fashion us both in the womb? 16If I have withheld from the poor and needy what they desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to look in vain [for relief], 17Or have eaten my morsel alone and have not shared it with the fatherless-- 18No, but from my youth [the fatherless] grew up with me as a father, and I have been [the widow’s] guide from my mother’s womb-- 19If I have seen anyone perish for want of clothing, or any poor person without covering, 20If his loins have not blessed me [for clothing them], and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21If I have lifted my hand against the fatherless when I saw [that the judges would be favorable and be] my help at the [council] gate, 22Then let my shoulder fall away from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from its socket. 23For calamity from God was a terror to me, and because of His majesty I could not endure [to face Him] and could do nothing. 24If I have made gold my trust and hope or have said to fine gold, You are my confidence, 25If I rejoiced because my wealth was great and because my [powerful] hand [alone] had gotten much, 26If I beheld [as an object of worship] the sunlight when it shone or the moon walking in its brightness, 27And my heart has been secretly enticed by them or my mouth has kissed my hand [in homage to them], 28This also would have been [a heinous and principal] iniquity to demand the judges’ action and punishment, for I would have denied and been false to the God Who is above. 29If I rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me or lifted myself up [in malicious triumph] when evil overtook him-- 30No, I have let my mouth sin neither by cursing my enemy nor by praying that he might die-- 31[Just ask] if the men of my tent will not say, Who can find one in need who has not been satisfied with food he gave them?-- 32The temporary resident has not lodged in the street, but I have opened my door to the wayfaring man-- 33If like Adam or like [other] men I have concealed my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom 34Because I feared the great multitude and the contempt of families terrified me so that I kept silence and did not go out of the door-- 35Oh, for a hearing! Oh, for an answer from the Almighty! Let my adversary write out His indictment [and put His vague accusations in tangible form] in a book! 36Surely I would [proudly] bear it on my shoulder and wind the scroll about my head as a diadem. 37I would count out to Him the number of my steps [with every detail of my life], approaching His presence as a prince-- 38For if my land has cried out against me and its furrows have complained together with tears [that I have no right to them], 39If I have eaten its fruits without paying for them or have caused its [rightful] owners to breathe their last, 40Let thistles grow instead of wheat and cockleburs instead of barley. The [controversial] words of Job [with his friends] are ended.
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