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Job 31

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31:1 I made an agreement with my eyes; how then might my eyes be looking on a virgin?

31:2 For what is God's reward from on high, or the heritage given by the Ruler of all from heaven?

31:3 Is it not trouble for the sinner, and destruction for the evil-doers?

31:4 Does he not see my ways, and are not my steps all numbered?

31:5 If I have gone in false ways, or my foot has been quick in working deceit;

31:6 (Let me be measured in upright scales, and let God see my righteousness:)

31:7 If my steps have been turned out of the way, or if my heart went after my eyes, or if the property of another is in my hands;

31:8 Let me put seed in the earth for another to have the fruit of it, and let my produce be uprooted.

31:9 If my heart went after another man's wife, or if I was waiting secretly at my neighbour's door;

31:10 Then let my wife give pleasure to another man and let others make use of her body.

31:11 For that would be a crime; it would be an act for which punishment would be measured out by the judges:

31:12 It would be a fire burning even to destruction, and taking away all my produce.

31:13 If I did wrong in the cause of my man-servant, or my woman-servant, when they went to law with me;

31:14 What then will I do when God comes as my judge? and what answer may I give to his questions?

31:15 Did not God make him as well as me? did he not give us life in our mothers' bodies?

31:16 If I kept back the desire of the poor; if the widow's eye was looking for help to no purpose;

31:17 If I kept my food for myself, and did not give some of it to the child with no father;

31:18 (For I was cared for by God as by a father from my earliest days; he was my guide from the body of my mother;)

31:19 If I saw one near to death for need of clothing, and that the poor had nothing covering him;

31:20 If his back did not give me a blessing, and the wool of my sheep did not make him warm;

31:21 If my hand had been lifted up against him who had done no wrong, when I saw that I was supported by the judges;

31:22 May my arm be pulled from my body, and be broken from its base.

31:23 For the fear of God kept me back, and because of his power I might not do such things.

31:24 If I made gold my hope, or if I ever said to the best gold, I have put my faith in you;

31:25 If I was glad because my wealth was great, and because my hand had got together a great store;

31:26 If, when I saw the sun shining, and the moon moving on its bright way,

31:27 A secret feeling of worship came into my heart, and my hand gave kisses from my mouth;

31:28 That would have been another sin to be rewarded with punishment by the judges; for I would have been false to God on high.

31:29 If I was glad at the trouble of my hater, and gave cries of joy when evil overtook him;

31:30 (For I did not let my mouth give way to sin, in putting a curse on his life;)

31:31 If the men of my tent did not say, Who has not had full measure of his meat?

31:32 The traveller did not take his night's rest in the street, and my doors were open to anyone on a journey;

31:33 If I kept my evil doings covered, and my sin in the secret of my breast,

31:34 For fear of the great body of people, or for fear that families might make sport of me, so that I kept quiet, and did not go out of my door;

31:35 If only God would give ear to me, and the Ruler of all would give me an answer! or if what he has against me had been put in writing!

31:36 Truly I would take up the book in my hands; it would be to me as a crown;

31:37 I would make clear the number of my steps, I would put it before him like a prince! The words of Job are ended.

31:38 If my land has made an outcry against me, or the ploughed earth has been in sorrow;

31:39 If I have taken its produce without payment, causing the death of its owners;

31:40 Then in place of grain let thorns come up, and in place of barley evil-smelling plants.