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Job 31

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

Job 31:1 I Made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? Job 31:2 For what portion of God [is there] from above? and [what] inheritance of the Almighty from on high? Job 31:3 [Is] not destruction to the wicked? and a strange [punishment] to the workers of iniquity? Job 31:4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? Job 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity. Job 31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to my hands; Job 31:8 [Then] let me sow, and let another eat; yes, let my offspring be rooted out. Job 31:9 If my heart hath been deceived by a woman, or [if] I have laid wait at my neighbor's door; Job 31:10 [Then] let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down upon her. Job 31:11 For this [is] a hainous crime; yea, it [is] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judges. Job 31:12 For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction, and would root out all my increase. Job 31:13 If I despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me; Job 31:14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Job 31:15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb? Job 31:16 If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; Job 31:17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten of it; Job 31:18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as [with] a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;) Job 31:19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; Job 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, and [if] he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep; Job 31:21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: Job 31:22 [Then] let my arm fall from my shoulder-blade, and my arm be broken from the bone. Job 31:23 For destruction [from] God [was] a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure. Job 31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, [Thou art] my confidence; Job 31:25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth [was] great, and because my hand had gained much; Job 31:26 If I have beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking [in] brightness; Job 31:27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: Job 31:28 This also [were] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge: for I should have denied the God [that is] above. Job 31:29 If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or have lifted up myself when evil found him: Job 31:30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. Job 31:31 If the men of my tabernacle have not said, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied. Job 31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: [but] I opened my doors to the traveler. Job 31:33 If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom: Job 31:34 Did I fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, [and] went not out of the door? Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is], [that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] my adversary had written a book. Job 31:36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, [and] bind it [as] a crown to me. Job 31:37 I would declare to him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near to him. Job 31:38 If my land crieth against me, or its furrows likewise complain; Job 31:39 If I have eaten the fruits of it without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life: Job 31:40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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