31 “But I made an agreement with my eyes not to look with desire at a girl. 2 What has God above promised those who do this? What has God All-Powerful on high planned for them? 3 It is ruin for the evil people. It is disaster for those who do wrong. 4 God sees my ways, and he counts every step I take.
5 “I have not been a dishonest person. I have not lied to others. 6 Let God weigh me on honest scales. Then he will know I have done nothing wrong. 7 I have not turned away from doing what is right. My heart has not been led by my eyes to do wrong. My hands have not been made unclean. 8 If I have done these things, then let other people eat what I have planted. And let my crops be plowed up.
9 “I have not desired another woman. I have never waited at my neighbor’s door to commit adultery with his wife. 10 If I have done these things, then let my wife grind another man’s grain. And let other men have physical relations with her. 11 Sexual sin is shameful. It is a sin which must be punished. 12 It is like a fire that burns and destroys forever. It would destroy all I have.
13 “I have been fair to my male and female slaves when they had a complaint against me. 14 If I have not, how could I tell God what I did? What will I answer when God asks me to explain what I’ve done? 15 God made me in my mother’s womb, and he also made them. The same God formed both of us in our mothers’ wombs.
16 “I have never refused anything the poor wanted. I have never let widows give up hope while looking for help. 17 I have not kept my food to myself. I have also given it to the orphans. 18 Since I was young, I have been like a father to the orphans. And from my birth I guided the widows. 19 I have not let a person die because he had no clothes. I have not let a needy person go without a coat. 20 That person’s heart blessed me. This was because I warmed him with the wool of my sheep. 21 I have never hurt an orphan even when I knew I could win in court. 22 If I have, then let my arm fall off my shoulder. Let it be broken at the joint. 23 This is because I dread destruction from God. I could not do such things because I fear his majesty.
24 “I have not put my trust in gold. I have not said to pure gold, ‘You are my safety.’ 25 I have not celebrated my great wealth. I have not celebrated that my hands had gained riches. 26 I have not thought about worshiping the sun in its brightness. I have not admired the moon moving in glory 27 so that my heart was pulled away from God. My hand has never offered the sun and moon a kiss of worship. 28 If I had, these also would have been sins to be punished. I would have been unfaithful to God if I had done these things.
29 “I have not been happy when my enemy was ruined. I have not laughed when he had trouble. 30 I have not let my mouth sin by cursing my enemy’s life. 31 The men of my house have always said, ‘Everyone has eaten all he wants of Job’s food.’ 32 No stranger ever had to spend the night in the street. I always let the traveler stay in my home. 33 I have not hidden my sin as other men do. I did not hide my guilt in my heart. 34 I was not so afraid of the crowd. I did not keep quiet and stay inside because I feared being hated by other families.
35 (“How I wish a court would hear my case! Here I sign my name to show I have told the truth. Now let God All-Powerful answer me. Let the one who is against me write down what he accuses me of. 36 I would surely wear the writing on my shoulder. I would put it on like a crown. 37 I would explain to God every step I took. I would come near to God like a prince.)
38 “My land did not cry out against me. Its plowed rows were not wet with tears. 39 I did not take the land’s harvest without paying. I did not break the spirit of those who took care of the land. 40 If I did, then let thorns come up instead of wheat. And let weeds come up instead of barley.”
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