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Job 31

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

Job 31:1 I made a couenaunt wt myne eyes, yt I wolde not loke vpo a dasell. Job 31:2 For how greate a porcio shal I haue of God fro aboue? & what enheritauce fro ye Almightie on hie? Job 31:3 As for the vngodly & he yt ioyneth himself to ye copani of wicked doers shal not destruccion & misery came vpon him? Job 31:4 Doth not he se my wayes, & tell all my goinges? Job 31:5 Yf I haue cleued vnto vanite, or yf my fete haue runne to disceaue: Job 31:6 let me be weyed in an eauen balaunce, that God maye se my innocency. Job 31:7 Yf so be that I haue withdrawen my fote out of the right waye, yf my hert hath folowed myne eyesight, yf I haue stayned or defyled my hodes: Job 31:8 O then is it reason that I sowe, and another eate: yee that my generacion and posterite be clene roted out. Job 31:9 Yf my hert hath lusted after my neghbours wife, or yf I haue layed wayte at his dore: Job 31:10 O then let my wife be another mans harlot, and let other lye with her. Job 31:11 For this is a wickednesse and synne, that is worthy to be punyshed, Job 31:12 yee a fyre that vtterly shulde consume, & rote out all my substaunce. Job 31:13 Dyd I euer thynke scorne to do right vnto my seruautes and maydens, when they had eny matter agaynst me? Job 31:14 But seynge that God wil sytt in iudgment, what shal I do? And for so moch as he wil nedes vyset me, what answere shal I geue him? Job 31:15 He that fashioned me in my mothers wombe, made he not him also? were we not both shappen alyke in oure mothers bodies? Job 31:16 When the poore desyred enythinge at me, haue I denyed it them? Haue I caused ye wyddowe stonde waytinge for me in vayne? Job 31:17 Haue I eaten my porcion alone, that the fatherles hath had no parte with me? Job 31:18 (for mercy grewe vp with me fro my youth, & compassion fro my mothers wombe.) Job 31:19 Haue I sene eny man perish thorow nakednes & want of clothinge? Or, eny poore man for lack of rayment, Job 31:20 whose sydes thanked me not, because he was warmed wt ye woll of my shepe? Job 31:21 Dyd I euer lyft vp my honde to hurte the fatherlesse? Yee in the gate where I sawe my self to be in auctorite: Job 31:22 The let myne arme fall fro my shulder, & myne arme holes be broken from the ioyntes. Job 31:23 For I haue euer feared ye vengeaunce & punyshmet of God, & knew very well, yt I was not able to beare his burthe. Job 31:24 Haue I put my trust in golde? Or, haue I sayde to the fynest golde of all: thou art my cofidence? Job 31:25 Haue I reioysed because my substaunce was greate, and because my honde gat so moch? Job 31:26 Dyd I euer greatly regarde the rysinge of the Sonne? Or, had I the goinge downe of ye Moone in greate reputacion? Job 31:27 Hath my hert medled priuely wt eny disceate? Or, dyd I euer kysse myne owne honde Job 31:28 (that were a wickednesse worthy to be punyshed, for then shulde I haue denyed the God that is aboue.) Job 31:29 Haue I euer reioysed at the hurte of myne enemy? Or, was I euer glad, yt eny harme happened vnto him? Oh no, Job 31:30 I neuer suffred my mouth to do soch a sinne, as to wysh him euell. Job 31:31 Yet they of myne owne housholde saye: who shal let vs, to haue oure bely ful of his flesh? Job 31:32 I haue not suffred a straunger to lye wt out, but opened my dores vnto him. Job 31:33 Haue I euer done eny wicked dede where thorow I shamed my self before men: Or eny abhominacion, yt I was fayne to hyde it? Job 31:34 For yf I had feared eny greate multitude of people: Or yf I had bene dispysed of ye symple, Oh then shulde I haue bene afrayed. Thus haue I quyetly spent my lyfe, and not gone out at ye dore. Job 31:35 O that I had one which wolde heare me. Lo, this is my cause. Let ye Allmightie geue me answere: & let him that is my cotrary party, sue me with a lybell. Job 31:36 Then shall I take it vpon my shulder, & as a garlade aboute my heade. Job 31:37 I haue tolde the nombre of my goinges, and delyuered them vnto him as to a prynce. Job 31:38 But yf case be that my londe crie agaynst me, or yt the forowes therof make eny complaynte: Job 31:39 yf I haue eaten the frutes therof vnpayed for, yee yf I haue greued eny of the plow men: Job 31:40 Than, let thistles growe in steade of my wheate, & thornes for my barlye. Here ende the wordes of Iob.

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