31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I look at a virgin? 2 And what is the portion of God from above, Or the inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 3 Is it not disaster to the criminal, And misfortune to those who practice injustice? 4 Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?
5 “If I have walked with deception, And my foot has hurried after deceit, 6 Let Him weigh me with [a]accurate scales, And let God know my integrity. 7 If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart [b]followed my eyes, Or if anyspot has stuck to my hands, 8 Let me sow and another eat, And let my [c]crops be uprooted.
9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway, 10 May my wife grind grain for another, And let others [d]kneel down over her. 11 For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be wrongdoing punishable by judges. 12 For it would be fire that consumes to [e]Abaddon, And would uproot all my [f]increase.
13 “If I have rejected the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me, 14 What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, how am I to answer Him? 15 Did He who made me in the womb not make him, And the same one create us in the womb?
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not [g]shared it 18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from [h]my infancy I guided her), 19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering, 20 If his waist has not [i]thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21 If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw [j]I had support in the gate, 22 May my shoulder fall from its[k]socket, And my arm be broken off [l]at the elbow. 23 For disaster from God is a terror to me, And because of His majesty I can do nothing.
24 “If I have put my confidence ingold, And called fine gold my trust, 25 If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had obtained so much; 26 If I have looked at the [m]sun when it shone, Or the moon going in splendor, 27 And my heart was secretly enticed, And my hand [n]threw a kiss from my mouth, 28 That too would have been a guilty deed calling for[o]judgment, For I would have denied God above.
29 “Have I rejoiced at the misfortune of my enemy, Or become excited when evil found him? 30 [p]No, I have not [q]allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse. 31 Have the people of my tent not said, ‘Who can [r]find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’? 32 The stranger has not spent the night outside, For I have opened my doors to the [s]traveler. 33 Have I covered my wrongdoings like a man, By hiding my guilt in my shirt pocket, 34 Because I feared the great multitude And the contempt of families terrified me, And I kept silent and did not go out of doors? 35 Oh that I had one to hear me! Here is my [t]signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written, 36 I would certainly carry it on my shoulder, I would tie it to myself like a garland. 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 I have eaten its [u]fruit without money, Or have caused [v]its owners to lose their lives, 40 May the thorn-bush [w]grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley.”
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