Job 31

English Standard Version

1 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? (Isa 33:15; Mt 5:28) 2 What would be my portion from God above and my heritage from the Almighty on high? (Job 20:29) 3 Is not calamity for the unrighteous, and disaster for the workers of iniquity? 4 Does not he see my ways and number all my steps? (2Ch 16:9; Job 14:16; Job 34:21; Pr 5:21; Pr 15:3; Jer 16:17; Jer 32:19; Zec 4:10) 5 “If I have walked with falsehood and my foot has hastened to deceit; 6 (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!) (Da 5:27) 7 if my step has turned aside from the way and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has stuck to my hands, (Nu 15:39; Job 11:15; Ec 11:9) 8 then let me sow, and another eat, and let what grows for me[1] be rooted out. (Le 26:16; De 28:30; De 28:38; Joh 4:37) 9 “If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door, (Job 24:15) 10 then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down on her. (Ex 11:5; 2Sa 12:11; Isa 47:2; Jer 8:10) 11 For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; (Le 20:10; De 22:22; Job 31:28) 12 for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase. (Pr 6:27) 13 “If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me, 14 what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him? (Ps 17:3) 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb? (Job 34:19; Pr 14:31; Pr 22:2; Eph 6:9) 16 “If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, (Job 11:20; Job 17:5; Job 22:7) 17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it 18 (for from my youth the fatherless[2] grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow[3]), 19 if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, or the needy without covering, (Job 24:7; Job 24:10; Job 29:13) 20 if his body has not blessed me,[4] and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, (De 24:13; Job 29:13) 21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate, (Job 5:4; Job 22:9) 22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket. 23 For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty. (Job 13:11) 24 “If I have made gold my trust or called fine gold my confidence, (Job 4:6; Job 28:16; Mr 10:24) 25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant or because my hand had found much, (De 8:17; Ps 62:10) 26 if I have looked at the sun[5] when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor, (De 4:19; De 17:3; 2Ki 23:5; 2Ki 23:11; Jer 44:17; Eze 8:16) 27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand, 28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I would have been false to God above. (Job 31:11) 29 “If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him (Pr 17:5) 30 (I have not let my mouth sin by asking for his life with a curse), (Mt 5:44; Ro 12:14) 31 if the men of my tent have not said, ‘Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?’ (Ex 16:12; 1Sa 25:11) 32 (the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the traveler), (Ge 19:2; Jud 19:20; Mt 25:35; Heb 13:2) 33 if I have concealed my transgressions as others do[6] by hiding my iniquity in my heart, (Ge 3:8; Ge 3:12; Pr 28:13) 34 because I stood in great fear of the multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors— (Ex 23:2) 35 Oh, that I had one to hear me! (Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!) Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary! (Job 13:22; Job 19:23) 36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown; (Pr 6:21; Isa 9:6; Isa 22:22; Zec 6:11) 37 I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him. 38 “If my land has cried out against me and its furrows have wept together, 39 if I have eaten its yield without payment and made its owners breathe their last, (1Ki 21:16; 1Ki 21:19; Job 22:6; Lu 10:7; 2Ti 2:6; Jas 5:4) 40 let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended. (Ge 3:18)