Job Continues I Promised Myself 31 1I promised myself never to stare with desire at a young woman. 2God All-Powerful punishes men who do that. 3In fact, God sends disaster on all who sin, 4and he keeps a close watch on everything I do. 5I am not dishonest or deceitful, 6and I beg God to prove my innocence. 7If I have disobeyed him or even wanted to, 8then others can eat my harvest and uproot my crops. 9If I have desired someone's wife and chased after her, 10then let some stranger steal my wife from me. 11If I took someone's wife, it would be a horrible crime, 12sending me to destruction and my crops to the flames.[U] 13When my servants complained against me, I was fair to them. 14Otherwise, what answer would I give to God when he judges me? 15After all, God is the one who gave life to each of us before we were born. I Have Never Cheated Anyone 16 I have never cheated widows or others in need, 17and I have always shared my food with orphans. 18Since the time I was young, I have cared for orphans and helped widows.[V] 19I provided clothes for the poor, 20and I was praised for supplying woolen garments to keep them warm. 21If I have ever raised my arm to threaten an orphan when the power was mine, 22I hope that arm will fall from its socket. 23I could not have been abusive; I was terrified at the thought that God might punish me. 24 I have never trusted the power of wealth, 25or taken pride in owning many possessions. 26 I have never openly or secretly 27worshiped the sun or moon. 28Such horrible sins would have deserved punishment from God. 29I have never laughed when my enemies were struck by disaster. 30Neither have I sinned by asking God to send down on them the curse of death. 31No one ever went hungry[W] at my house, 32and travelers were always welcome. 33Many have attempted to hide their sins from others— but I refused. 34And the fear of public disgrace never forced me to keep silent about what I had done. Why Doesn't God Listen? 35Why doesn't God All-Powerful listen and answer? If God has something against me, let him speak up or put it in writing! 36Then I would wear his charges on my clothes and forehead. 37And with my head held high, I would tell him everything I have ever done. 38I have never mistreated the land I farmed and made it mourn.[X] 39Nor have I cheated my workers and caused them pain.[Y] 40If I had, I would pray for weeds instead of wheat to grow in my fields. After saying these things, Job was silent.
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