Job maketh a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties.
Job 31:1 I Made a couenaunt wt myne eyes þt I wolde not loke vpon a damsell. Job 31:2 For how great a porcion shall I haue of God? & what enheritaunce from the almightie on hie? Job 31:3 As for the vngodly and he that ioyneth him selfe to the company of wycked doers, shall not destruccion and misery come vpon him? Job 31:4 Doth not he se my wayes, and tell all my goinges? Job 31:5 If I haue walked in vanite, or yf my fete haue runne to disceaue: Job 31:6 let me be weyed in an euen balaunce, that God may se my innocency. Job 31:7 If so be that I haue withdrawne my fote out of the right waye, and yf my hert hath folowed mine eye sight? If I haue stained or defiled my handes? Job 31:8 then shal I sowe, and another eate, yee, my generacion and posterite shall be cleane roted out. Job 31:9 If my hert hath lusted after my neghboures wyffe, or yf I haue layde wayte at his dore? Job 31:10 O then let my wiffe grinde vnto another man and let other men lie with her. Job 31:11 For this is a wickednesse and synne, that is worthy to be punisshed, Job 31:12 yee, a fyre that vtterly shulde consume, and rote out all my substaunce. Job 31:13 Did I euer thinke scorne to do right vnto my seruauntes and maydens, when they had eny mater agaynst me? Job 31:14 But seinge that God will sytt in iudgment, what shall I do? And for so moch as he will nedes visett me, what answere shall I geue him? Job 31:15 He that fashioned me in my mothers wombe, made he not him also? were we not both shapena like in oure mothers bodies? Job 31:16 When the poore desired any thinge at me, haue I denied it them? Haue I caused the widdowe to stande waytinge for me in vayne? Job 31:17 Haue I eaten my porcion alone, that the fatherlesse hath had no parte with me? Job 31:18 for mercy grewe vp with me fro my youth, and compassion fro my mothers wombe. Job 31:19 Haue I sene any man perishe thorow nakednesse and want of clothinge? Or any poore man for lack of rayment, Job 31:20 whose sydes thancked me not, because he was warmed with the wolle of my shepe? Job 31:21 Dyd I euer lyfte vp my hande to hurte the fatherlesse? yee, in the gate where I sawe my selfe to be in auctorite: Job 31:22 then let myne arme fall fro my shulder, and myne arme holes be broken from the ioyntes. Job 31:23 For I haue euer feared the vengeaunce and punyshement of God, and knewe very well, that I was not able to beare hys burthen. Job 31:24 Haue I put my trust in golde? Or haue I sayde to the fynest golde of all: thou arte my confidence? Job 31:25 Haue I reioysed because my power was great, and because my hande gat so moche? Job 31:26 Dyd I euer greatly regarde the rysynge of þe sonne? or had I the goinge downe of the moone in greate reputacyon? Job 31:27 Hath my hert medled priuely with any disceate? Or, dyd I euer kysse myne awne hande? Job 31:28 that were a wyckednesse worthy to be punished, 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, that any harme happened vnto him? Oh no. Job 31:30 I neuer suffred my mouth to do soch a synne, as to wish him euell. Job 31:31 Dyd not the men of myne awne houshold saye: who shall let vs to haue oure belly full of his fleshe? Job 31:32 I haue not suffred a straunger to lye without, but I opened my dores vnto him, þt went by the waye. Job 31:33 Haue I kepte secrete my synne and hyd myne iniquite, as Adam dyd? Job 31:34 Haue I feared any great multitude of people: or yf I had bene dispysed of the symple, O then shulde I haue bene afrayed. Thus haue I quyetly spent my lyfe, and not gone out at the dore. Job 31:35 O that I had one which wolde heare me. Lo, this is my cause. In the which the almyghty shall answere for me: though he that is my contrary party, hath written a boke agaynst me. Job 31:36 Yet wyll I take him vpon my shulder, and as a garlande about my head. Job 31:37 I wyll tell him, the nomber of my goinges, and go vnto him as to a Prince. Job 31:38 But yf case be that my lande crye agaynst me, or that the forowes therof make any complaynte: Job 31:39 yf I haue eaten the frutes therof vnpayed for, yee yf I haue greued any of the plowmen: Job 31:40 then let thystles growe in steade of my wheate, & cockle for my barleye. Here ende the wordes of Iob: