Job 31

Job's Final Appeal

1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I 1 look upon a a young woman?
2 For what is the b allotment of God from above,
And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is it not destruction for the wicked,
And disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4 c Does He not see my ways,
And count all my steps?

5 "If I have walked with falsehood,
Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,
6 2 Let me be weighed on honest scales,
That God may know my d integrity.
7 If my step has turned from the way,
Or e my heart walked after my eyes,
Or if any spot adheres to my hands,
8 Then f let me sow, and another eat;
Yes, let my harvest be 3 rooted out.

9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
Or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,
10 Then let my wife grind for g another,
And let others bow down over her.
11 For that would be wickedness;
Yes, h it would be iniquity deserving of judgment.
12 For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction,
And would root out all my increase.

13 "If I have i despised the cause of my male or female servant
When they complained against me,
14 What then shall I do when j God rises up?
When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?
15 k Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

16 "If I have kept the poor from their desire,
Or caused the eyes of the widow to l fail,
17 Or eaten my morsel by myself,
So that the fatherless could not eat of it
18 (But from my youth I reared him as a father,
And from my mother's womb I guided 4 the widow);
19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
Or any poor man without covering;
20 If his 5 heart has not m blessed me,
And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have raised my hand n against the fatherless,
When I saw I had help in the gate;
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder,
Let my arm be torn from the socket.
23 For o destruction from God is a terror to me,
And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.

24 "If p I have made gold my hope,
Or said to fine gold, 'You are my confidence';
25 q If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gained much;
26 r If I have observed the 6 sun when it shines,
Or the moon moving in brightness,
27 So that my heart has been secretly enticed,
And my mouth has kissed my hand;
28 This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment,
For I would have denied God who is above.

29 "If s I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
Or lifted myself up when evil found him
30 t (Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for a curse on his 7 soul);
31 If the men of my tent have not said,
'Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?'
32 u (But no sojourner had to lodge in the street,
For I have opened my doors to the 8 traveler);
33 If I have covered my transgressions v as 9 Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
34 Because I feared the great w multitude,
And dreaded the contempt of families,
So that I kept silence
And did not go out of the door -
35 x Oh, that I had one to hear me!
Here is my mark.
Oh, y that the Almighty would answer me,
That my 10 Prosecutor had written a book!
36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,
And bind it on me like a crown;
37 I would declare to Him the number of my steps;
Like a prince I would approach Him.

38 "If my land cries out against me,
And its furrows weep together;
39 If z I have eaten its 11 fruit without money,
Or a caused its owners to lose their lives;

40 Then let b thistles grow instead of wheat,
And weeds instead of barley."
The words of Job are ended.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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