31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin? 2 “And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high? 3 “Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity? 4 “Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?
5 “If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot has hastened after deceit, 6 Let Him weigh me with [a]accurate scales, And let God know my integrity. 7 “If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart [b]followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands, 8 Let me sow and another eat, And let my [c]crops be uprooted.
9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway, 10 May my wife grind for another, And let others [d]kneel down over her. 11 “For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges. 12 “For it would be fire that consumes to [e]Abaddon, And would uproot all my [f]increase.
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 [g]shared it 18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from [h]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 [i]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 [j]I had support in the gate, 22 Let my shoulder fall from the [k]socket, And my arm be broken off [l]at the elbow. 23 “For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His [m]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 [n]sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor, 27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand [o]threw a kiss from my mouth, 28 That too would have been an iniquity calling for[p]judgment, For I would have denied God above.
29 “Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or [q]exulted when evil befell him? 30 “[r]No, I have not [s]allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse. 31 “Have the men of my tent not said, ‘Who can [t]find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’? 32 “The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the [u]traveler. 33 “Have I covered my transgressions like [v]Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom, 34 Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors? 35 “Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my [w]signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written, 36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, I would bind it to myself like a crown. 37 “I would declare to Him the number 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 [x]fruit without money, Or have caused [y]its owners to lose their lives, 40 Let briars [z]grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley.”
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