Bishops' Bible

Job 31

Job maketh a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties.

Job 31:1 I made a couenaunt with myne eyes: why then should I loke vpon a mayden? Job 31:2 For how great a portion shall I haue of God? and what inheritaunce from the almightie on hye? Job 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked? and straunge punishement to the workers of iniquitie? Job 31:4 Doth not he see my wayes, and tell all my goynges? Job 31:5 If I haue walked in vanitie, or if my feete haue runne to disceaue: Job 31:6 Let me be wayed in an euen balaunce, that God may see myne innocencie. Job 31:7 If my steppe hath turned out of the way, & myne heart walked after myne eyes, and if any blot haue cleaued to my handes: Job 31:8 Then shall I sowe, and an other eate: yea my posteritie shalbe cleane rooted out. Job 31:9 If my heart haue ben deceaued by a woman, or if I haue layde wayte at my neyghbours doore: Job 31:10 Then let my wife grinde vnto an other man, and let other men lye with her. Job 31:11 For this is a wickednesse, and sinne that is worthy to be punished: Job 31:12 Yea a fire that vtterly should consume and roote out all my increase. Job 31:13 If I euer thought scorne to do right vnto my seruauntes & maydens, when they had any matter against me: Job 31:14 When God will sit in iudgement, what shall I do? & when he will visite me, what aunswere shal I geue him? Job 31:15 He that fashioned me in my mothers wombe, made he not him also? were we not both shapen a like in our mothers bodies? Job 31:16 If I denied the poore of their desire, or haue caused the eyes of the wydow to wayte in vayne: Job 31:17 If I haue eaten my morsell alone, that ye fatherlesse hath not eaten therof: Job 31:18 (For from my youth it hath growen vp with me as with a father, and from my mothers wombe I haue ben guyde to the [wydowe]) Job 31:19 If I haue seene any perishe for want of clothing, or any poore for lake of rayment: Job 31:20 If his loynes haue not blessed me, because he was warmed with the fleece of my sheepe: Job 31:21 If I haue lift vp mine hand against the fatherlesse, when I sawe that I might helpe him in the gate: Job 31:22 Then let myne arme fall fro my shoulder, and myne arme holes be broken from the bone. Job 31:23 For I haue euer feared the vengeaunce and punishment of God, and [knewe very well that] I was not able to beare his burthen. Job 31:24 Haue I put my trust in golde? or haue I sayde to the wedge of golde, thou art my confidence? Job 31:25 Haue I reioyced because my power was great, and because my hande gat so much? Job 31:26 Dyd I euer greatly regarde the rysing of the sunne? or had I the goyng downe of the moone in great reputation? Job 31:27 Hath my heart medled priuyly with any disceite? or did I euer kisse myne owne hande? Job 31:28 (That were a wickednesse worthy to be punished: for then shoulde I haue denyed the God that is aboue.) Job 31:29 Haue I euer reioyced at the hurt of myne enemie? or was I euer glad that any harme happened vnto him? [Oh, no.] Job 31:30 I neuer suffred my mouth to sinne, by wishing a curse to his soule. Job 31:31 Dyd not the men of myne owne housholde say, Who shall let vs to haue our belly full of his fleshe? Job 31:32 The straunger dyd not lodge in the streete, but I opened my doores vnto him that went by the way. Job 31:33 Haue I kept secrete my sinne, and hyd myne iniquitie, as Adam dyd? Job 31:34 Though I coulde haue made afeard a great multitude, yet the most contemptible of the families dyd feare me: so I kept scilence, and went not out of the doore. Job 31:35 O that I had one which woulde heare me: beholde my signe in the whiche the almightie shal aunswere for me, though he that is my contrarie partie hath written a booke against me. Job 31:36 Yet will I take it vpon my shoulder, & as a garlande binde it about my head. Job 31:37 I will tell hym the number of my goinges, & go vnto him as to a prince. Job 31:38 But if case be that my lande crye against me, or that the forowes thereof make any complaynt: Job 31:39 If I haue eaten the fruites therof vnpayed for, yea if I haue greeued the soules of the maisters therof: Job 31:40 Then let thystles growe in steede of my wheate, and cockle for my barlye.

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