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.”
You'll get this book and many others when you join Bible Gateway Plus. Learn more
You must be logged in to view your newly purchased content. Please log in below or if you don't have an account, creating one is easy and only takes a few moments. After you log in your content will be available in your library.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your free trial.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue.
Step 1 - Create an account or log in to start your subscription.
You’ve already claimed your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus. To subscribe at our regular subscription rate of $3.99/month, click the button below.
Try Bible Gateway Plus, a brand-new service that lets you experience Bible Gateway free of banner ads! It also gives you instant access to over 40 Bible study and inspirational devotional books, including the NIV Study Bible. With Bible Gateway Plus, you can experience and understand God's Word in life-changing new ways, without the distraction of ads. Try it free for 30 days—you can cancel at any time. Following your 30-day free trial, Bible Gateway Plus is only $3.99/month.