13 “If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me, 14 What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him? 15 “Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?
16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, 17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not [a]shared it 18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from [b]infancy I guided her), 19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering, 20 If his loins have not [c]thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep, 21 If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw [d]I had support in the gate, 22 Let my shoulder fall from the [e]socket, And my arm be broken off [f]at the elbow. 23 “For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His [g]majesty I can do nothing.
24 “If I have put my confidence ingold, And called fine gold my trust, 25 If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much; 26 If I have looked at the [h]sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor, 27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand [i]threw a kiss from my mouth, 28 That too would have been an iniquity calling for[j]judgment, For I would have denied God above.
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