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Job 31 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Job Wonders What Sin He May Have Committed

    “I have made an agreement with my eyes.
    Then how can I look with lust at a virgin?
What would God above do to me?
What would be my inheritance from the Almighty on high?
Aren’t there catastrophes for wicked people
    and disasters for those who do wrong?
Doesn’t he see my ways
    and count all my steps?

“If I have walked with lies
    or my feet have run after deception,
then let God weigh me on honest scales,
    and he will know I have integrity.

“If my steps have left the proper path,
    or my heart has followed the desire of my eyes,
    or my hands are stained with sin,
then let someone else eat what I have planted,
    and let my crops be uprooted.

“If I have been seduced by a woman
    or I have secretly waited near my neighbor’s door,
10 then let my wife grind for another man,
    and let other men kneel over her.
11 That would be a scandal,
    and that would be a criminal offense.
12 It would be a fire that burns even in Abaddon.
    It would uproot my entire harvest.

13 “If I have abused the rights of my servants, male or female,
    when they have disagreed with me,
14 then what could I do if God rises up?
If he examines me, how could I answer him?
15 Didn’t he who made me in my mother’s belly make them?
Didn’t the same God form us in the womb?

16 “If I have refused the requests of the poor
    or made a widow’s eyes stop looking for help,
17     or have eaten my food alone
        without letting the orphan eat any of it. . . .
18         (From my youth the orphan grew up with me
            as though I were his father,
                and from my birth I treated the widow kindly.)
19 If I have seen anyone die because he had no clothes
    or a poor person going naked. . . .
20         (If his body didn’t bless me,
            or the wool from my sheep didn’t keep him warm. . . .)
21 If I have shaken my fist at an orphan
    because I knew that others would back me up in court,
22 then let my shoulder fall out of its socket,
    and let my arm be broken at the elbow.

23 “A disaster from God terrifies me.
    In the presence of his majesty I can do nothing.

24 “If I put my confidence in gold
    or said to fine gold, ‘I trust you’. . . .
25 If I enjoyed being very rich
    because my hand had found great wealth. . . .
26 If I saw the light shine
    or the moon move along in its splendor
27         so that my heart was secretly tempted,
            and I threw them a kiss with my hand,
28 then that, too, would be a criminal offense,
    and I would have denied God above.

29 “If I enjoyed the ruin of my enemy
    or celebrated when harm came to him
30         (even though I didn’t speak sinfully
            by calling down a curse on his life). . . .

31 “If the people who were in my tent had said,
    ‘We wish we had never filled our stomachs with his food’. . . .
32         (The visitor never spent the night outside,
            because I opened my door to the traveler.)

33 “If I have covered my disobedience like Adam
    and kept my sin to myself,
34         because I dreaded the large, noisy crowd
            and because the contempt of the local mobs terrified me
                so that I kept quiet and didn’t go outside. . . .

35 “If only I had someone who would listen to me!
    Look, here is my signature!
        Let the Almighty answer me.
        Let the prosecutor write his complaint on a scroll.
36             I would certainly carry it on my shoulder
                and place it on my head like a crown.
37             I would tell him the number of my steps
                and approach him like a prince.

38 “If my land has cried out against me,
    and its furrows have wept. . . .
39 If I have eaten its produce without paying for it
    and made its owners breathe their last,
40 then let it grow thistles instead of wheat,
    and foul-smelling weeds instead of barley.”

This is the end of Job’s words.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of God's Word Mission Society.

Job 31 New International Version (NIV)

31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
    not to look lustfully at a young woman.
For what is our lot from God above,
    our heritage from the Almighty on high?
Is it not ruin for the wicked,
    disaster for those who do wrong?
Does he not see my ways
    and count my every step?

“If I have walked with falsehood
    or my foot has hurried after deceit
let God weigh me in honest scales
    and he will know that I am blameless
if my steps have turned from the path,
    if my heart has been led by my eyes,
    or if my hands have been defiled,
then may others eat what I have sown,
    and may my crops be uprooted.

“If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
    or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,
10 then may my wife grind another man’s grain,
    and may other men sleep with her.
11 For that would have been wicked,
    a sin to be judged.
12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction[a];
    it would have uprooted my harvest.

13 “If I have denied justice to any of my servants,
    whether male or female,
    when they had a grievance against me,
14 what will I do when God confronts me?
    What will I answer when called to account?
15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them?
    Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor
    or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17 if I have kept my bread to myself,
    not sharing it with the fatherless
18 but from my youth I reared them as a father would,
    and from my birth I guided the widow
19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,
    or the needy without garments,
20 and their hearts did not bless me
    for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,
21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
    knowing that I had influence in court,
22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder,
    let it be broken off at the joint.
23 For I dreaded destruction from God,
    and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

24 “If I have put my trust in gold
    or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’
25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,
    the fortune my hands had gained,
26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance
    or the moon moving in splendor,
27 so that my heart was secretly enticed
    and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
28 then these also would be sins to be judged,
    for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

29 “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune
    or gloated over the trouble that came to him
30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin
    by invoking a curse against their life
31 if those of my household have never said,
    ‘Who has not been filled with Job’s meat?’
32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street,
    for my door was always open to the traveler
33 if I have concealed my sin as people do,[b]
    by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 because I so feared the crowd
    and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
    that I kept silent and would not go outside—

35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
    I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
    let my accuser put his indictment in writing.
36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,
    I would put it on like a crown.
37 I would give him an account of my every step;
    I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—

38 “if my land cries out against me
    and all its furrows are wet with tears,
39 if I have devoured its yield without payment
    or broken the spirit of its tenants,
40 then let briers come up instead of wheat
    and stinkweed instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.


  1. Job 31:12 Hebrew Abaddon
  2. Job 31:33 Or as Adam did
New International Version (NIV)

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