Young's Literal Translation

Job 31

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

Job 31:1 A covenant I made for mine eyes, And what—do I attend to a virgin? Job 31:2 And what [is] the portion of God from above? And the inheritance of the Mighty from the heights? Job 31:3 Is not calamity to the perverse? And strangeness to workers of iniquity? Job 31:4 Doth not He see my ways, And all my steps number? Job 31:5 If I have walked with vanity, And my foot doth hasten to deceit, Job 31:6 He doth weigh me in righteous balances, And God doth know my integrity. Job 31:7 If my step doth turn aside from the way, And after mine eyes hath my heart gone, And to my hands cleaved hath blemish, Job 31:8 Let me sow—and another eat, And my products let be rooted out. Job 31:9 If my heart hath been enticed by woman, And by the opening of my neighbour I laid wait, Job 31:10 Grind to another let my wife, And over her let others bend. Job 31:11 For it [is] a wicked thing, and a judicial iniquity; Job 31:12 For a fire it [is], to destruction it consumeth, And among all mine increase doth take root, Job 31:13 If I despise the cause of my man-servant, And of my handmaid, In their contending with me, Job 31:14 Then what do I do when God ariseth? And when He doth inspect, What do I answer Him? Job 31:15 Did not He that made me in the womb make him? Yea, prepare us in the womb doth One. Job 31:16 If I withhold from pleasure the poor, And the eyes of the widow do consume, Job 31:17 And I do eat my morsel by myself, And the orphan hath not eat of it, Job 31:18 (But from my youth He grew up with me as [with] a father, And from the belly of my mother I am led.) Job 31:19 If I see [any] perishing without clothing, And there is no covering to the needy, Job 31:20 If his loins have not blessed me, And from the fleece of my sheep He doth not warm himself, Job 31:21 If I have waved at the fatherless my hand, When I see in [him] the gate of my court, Job 31:22 My shoulder from its blade let fall, And mine arm from the bone be broken. Job 31:23 For a dread unto me [is] calamity [from] God, And because of His excellency I am not able. Job 31:24 If I have made gold my confidence, And to the pure gold have said, 'My trust,' Job 31:25 If I rejoice because great [is] my wealth, And because abundance hath my hand found, Job 31:26 If I see the light when it shineth, And the precious moon walking, Job 31:27 And my heart is enticed in secret, And my hand doth kiss my mouth, Job 31:28 It also [is] a judicial iniquity, For I had lied to God above. Job 31:29 If I rejoice at the ruin of my hater, And stirred up myself when evil found him, Job 31:30 Yea, I have not suffered my mouth to sin, To ask with an oath his life. Job 31:31 If not—say ye, O men of my tent, 'O that we had of his flesh, we are not satisfied.' Job 31:32 In the street doth not lodge a stranger, My doors to the traveller I open. Job 31:33 If I have covered as Adam my transgressions, To hide in my bosom mine iniquity, Job 31:34 Because I fear a great multitude, And the contempt of families doth affright me, Then I am silent, I go not out of the opening. Job 31:35 Who giveth to me a hearing? lo, my mark. The Mighty One doth answer me, And a bill hath mine adversary written. Job 31:36 If not—on my shoulder I take it up, I bind it a crown on myself. Job 31:37 The number of my steps I tell Him, As a leader I approach Him. Job 31:38 If against me my land doth cry out, And together its furrows weep, Job 31:39 If its strength I consumed without money, And the life of its possessors, I have caused to breathe out, Job 31:40 Instead of wheat let a thorn go forth, And instead of barley a useless weed! The words of Job are finished.

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