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Job 31 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

31 ¶ I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a maid?

For what reward would God give me from above and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

Is there no destruction for the wicked? And banishment for the workers of iniquity?

Does he not see my ways and count all my steps?

If I have walked with falsehood or if my foot has hastened to deceit,

let me be weighed in a just balance, that God may know my integrity.

If my step has turned out of the way and my heart walked after my eyes and if any blot has cleaved to my hands,

then let me sow, and let another eat, and let my offspring be rooted out.

¶ If my heart has been deceived regarding a woman, or if I have laid in wait at my neighbour’s door,

10 then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.

11 For this is lewdness and iniquity that is proven.

12 For it is a fire that consumes unto hell and would root out all my increase.

13 If I had despised the right of my manslave or of my maidslave, when they contended with me;

14 what then would I do when God rises up? And when he visits, what would I answer him?

15 Did not he that made me in the belly also make him? And did not the same one fashion us in the womb?

16 ¶ If I have disturbed the desire of the poor or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

17 or have eaten my morsel alone and the fatherless has not eaten thereof;

18 (for from my youth the fatherless was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided the widow from my mother’s womb)

19 if I have seen any perish for want of clothing or any needy without a covering;

20 if his loins have not blessed me and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, even when I saw that they would all help me in the gate;

22 then let my back fall from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from its joint.

23 For I feared destruction from God, against whose highness I could have no power.

24 ¶ If I have made gold my hope or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

25 if I rejoiced because my wealth was being multiplied, and because my hand had gotten much;

26 if I beheld the sun when it shone or the moon walking in beauty;

27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth kissed my hand;

28 this would also be a proven iniquity; for I should have denied the God that is sovereign.

29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of the one that hated me or lifted up myself when evil found him;

30 for I have never even suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse upon his soul;

31 when the servants of my tent said, Oh that we had of his flesh! We would never be satisfied.

32 The stranger did not lodge in the street, but I opened my doors to the traveller.

33 ¶ If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom;

34 if I feared a great multitude or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and did not go out of the door?

35 Oh that someone would hear me! Behold, my mark is, that the Almighty will testify for me, even though my adversary had written down the charges.

36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder and bind it as a crown to me.

37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince I would go near unto him.

38 If my land cries against me and all its furrows likewise complain;

39 if I ate of its strength without money or have afflicted the soul of its owners;

40 let thistles grow up unto me instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)

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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
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