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Job Asks for Judgment

31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
    not to pay attention to a virgin.
For what is one’s lot from God above,
    one’s heritage from Shaddai on high?
Is it not calamity for the unjust,
    and disaster for workers of iniquity?
Does He not see my ways
    and count all my steps?

“If I have walked in falsehood
    or my foot has hurried to deceit,
then let Him weigh me with honest scales,
    then God will know my integrity.
If my step has strayed from the way,
    if my heart has walked after my eyes,
    or if any defilement has stuck to my hands,
then let me sow and another eat,
    and let my crops be uprooted.
If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
    or I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,
10 then let my wife grind for another
    and let others sleep with her.
11 For that would be a shameful act,
    an iniquity to be judged.
12 For it is a fire that devours to destruction,
    and uproots all my harvest.

13 “If I have denied justice to my male or female servant
    when they disputed with me,
14 then what could I do when God rises up;
when He visits, how will I answer Him?
15 Did not He who made me in the womb, make him?
    Did not the same one form us in the womb?

16 “If I withheld the desires of the poor
    or let the eyes of the widow to fail,
17 if I ate my morsel of bread myself,
    without letting an orphan eat of it
18 (but from my youth I reared him as a father,
    and from my mother’s womb I guided her),
19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing
    or the needy without a covering,
20 if his heart did not bless me
    as he warmed himself with the fleece of my sheep,
21 if I have raised my hand against the orphan,
    when I saw my support in the gate,
22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
    and let my arm be broken off at the joint.
23 For calamity from God was a terror to me,
    and because of His majesty, I could do nothing.

24 “If I have put my confidence in gold
    or said to fine gold, ‘You are my security,’
25 if I rejoiced because of my great wealth
    or because of the abundance my hand acquired,
26 if I looked at the sun when it shines
    or the moon moving in splendor,
27 so that my heart was secretly enticed,
    and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
28 then this also would be iniquity to be judged,
    for I would have denied God above.

29 “If I rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune
    or gloated because calamity found him—
30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin,
    by asking for his life with a curse—
31 if anyone in my household has ever said,
    ‘Who has not been filled with his meat?’
32 —but no stranger had to spend the night outside
    for my door was open to the traveler—
33 if I have I covered my transgressions like Adam,
    by hiding my guilt in my bosom
34 because I feared a great multitude,
    and the contempt of clans terrified me,
so that I kept silent
    and would not go outside.
35 O, that I had someone to hear me!
    Look, here is my signature,
let Shaddai answer me,
    let the accuser write the indictment!
36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
    I would bind it on me as a crown.
37 I would give Him an account of my steps;
    like a prince I would approach Him.

38 “If my land cries out against me,
    and its furrows weep together,
39 if I have eaten its fruits without money,
    or caused the death of its owners,
40 then let briars come up instead of wheat,
    and stinkweed instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.