Job 31 (asv)

Job 31 (asv)

31:1I made a covenant with mine eyes;

How then should I look upon a virgin?

31:2For what is the portion from God above,

And the heritage from the Almighty on high?

31:3Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,

And disaster to the workers of iniquity?

31:4Doth not he see my ways,

And number all my steps? \\ \\

31:5If I have walked with falsehood,

And my foot hath hasted to deceit

31:6(Let me be weighed in an even balance,

That God may know mine integrity);

31:7If my step hath turned out of the way,

And my heart walked after mine eyes,

And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:

31:8Then let me sow, and let another eat;

Yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out. \\ \\

31:9If my heart hath been enticed unto a woman,

And I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;

31:10Then let my wife grind unto another,

And let others bow down upon her.

31:11For that were a heinous crime;

Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

31:12For it is a fire that consumeth unto Destruction,

And would root out all mine increase.

31:13If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant,

When they contended with me;

31:14What then shall I do when God riseth up?

And when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

31:15Did not he that made me in the womb make him?

And did not one fashion us in the womb?

31:16If I have withheld the poor from their desire,

Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

31:17Or have eaten my morsel alone,

And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof

31:18(Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,

And her have I guided from my mother's womb);

31:19If I have seen any perish for want of clothing,

Or that the needy had no covering;

31:20If his loins have not blessed me,

And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

31:21If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless,

Because I saw my help in the gate:

31:22Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade,

And mine arm be broken from the bone.

31:23For calamity from God is a terror to me,

And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing. \\ \\

31:24If I have made gold my hope,

And have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

31:25If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,

And because my hand had gotten much;

31:26If I have beheld the sun when it shined,

Or the moon walking in brightness,

31:27And my heart hath been secretly enticed,

And my mouth hath kissed my hand:

31:28This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges;

For I should have denied the God that is above.

31:29If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me,

Or lifted up myself when evil found him;

31:30(Yea, I have not suffered by mouth to sin

By asking his life with a curse);

31:31If the men of my tent have not said,

Who can find one that hath not been filled with his meat?

31:32(The sojourner hath not lodged in the street;

But I have opened my doors to the traveller);

31:33If like Adam I have covered my transgressions,

By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,

31:34Because I feared the great multitude,

And the contempt of families terrified me,

So that I kept silence, and went not out of the door-

31:35Oh that I had one to hear me!

(Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me);

And that I had the indictment which mine adversary hath written!

31:36Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder;

I would bind it unto me as a crown:

31:37I would declare unto him the number of my steps;

As a prince would I go near unto him.

31:38If my land crieth out against me,

And the furrows thereof weep together;

31:39If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money,

Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

31:40Let thistles grow instead of wheat,

And cockle instead of barley.

The words of Job are ended.


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