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Job 31 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

31 “But I made an agreement with my eyes
    not to look with desire at a girl.
What has God above promised those who do this?
    What has God All-Powerful on high planned for them?
It is ruin for the evil people.
    It is disaster for those who do wrong.
God sees my ways,
    and he counts every step I take.

“I have not been a dishonest person.
    I have not lied to others.
Let God weigh me on honest scales.
    Then he will know I have done nothing wrong.
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.
If I have done these things, then let other people eat what I have planted.
    And let my crops be plowed up.

“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.”

The words of Job are finished.

International Children’s Bible (ICB)

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Job 31 New International Version (NIV)

31 “I made a covenant with my eyes
    not to look lustfully at a young woman.
For what is our lot from God above,
    our heritage from the Almighty on high?
Is it not ruin for the wicked,
    disaster for those who do wrong?
Does he not see my ways
    and count my every step?

“If I have walked with falsehood
    or my foot has hurried after deceit
let God weigh me in honest scales
    and he will know that I am blameless
if my steps have turned from the path,
    if my heart has been led by my eyes,
    or if my hands have been defiled,
then may others eat what I have sown,
    and may my crops be uprooted.

“If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
    or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,
10 then may my wife grind another man’s grain,
    and may other men sleep with her.
11 For that would have been wicked,
    a sin to be judged.
12 It is a fire that burns to Destruction[a];
    it would have uprooted my harvest.

13 “If I have denied justice to any of my servants,
    whether male or female,
    when they had a grievance against me,
14 what will I do when God confronts me?
    What will I answer when called to account?
15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them?
    Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

16 “If I have denied the desires of the poor
    or let the eyes of the widow grow weary,
17 if I have kept my bread to myself,
    not sharing it with the fatherless
18 but from my youth I reared them as a father would,
    and from my birth I guided the widow
19 if I have seen anyone perishing for lack of clothing,
    or the needy without garments,
20 and their hearts did not bless me
    for warming them with the fleece from my sheep,
21 if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
    knowing that I had influence in court,
22 then let my arm fall from the shoulder,
    let it be broken off at the joint.
23 For I dreaded destruction from God,
    and for fear of his splendor I could not do such things.

24 “If I have put my trust in gold
    or said to pure gold, ‘You are my security,’
25 if I have rejoiced over my great wealth,
    the fortune my hands had gained,
26 if I have regarded the sun in its radiance
    or the moon moving in splendor,
27 so that my heart was secretly enticed
    and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
28 then these also would be sins to be judged,
    for I would have been unfaithful to God on high.

29 “If I have rejoiced at my enemy’s misfortune
    or gloated over the trouble that came to him
30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin
    by invoking a curse against their life
31 if those of my household have never said,
    ‘Who has not been filled with Job’s meat?’
32 but no stranger had to spend the night in the street,
    for my door was always open to the traveler
33 if I have concealed my sin as people do,[b]
    by hiding my guilt in my heart
34 because I so feared the crowd
    and so dreaded the contempt of the clans
    that I kept silent and would not go outside—

35 (“Oh, that I had someone to hear me!
    I sign now my defense—let the Almighty answer me;
    let my accuser put his indictment in writing.
36 Surely I would wear it on my shoulder,
    I would put it on like a crown.
37 I would give him an account of my every step;
    I would present it to him as to a ruler.)—

38 “if my land cries out against me
    and all its furrows are wet with tears,
39 if I have devoured its yield without payment
    or broken the spirit of its tenants,
40 then let briers come up instead of wheat
    and stinkweed instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.

Footnotes:

  1. Job 31:12 Hebrew Abaddon
  2. Job 31:33 Or as Adam did
New International Version (NIV)

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