||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 31 [Commentary] |
|| "I have made a covenant with my eyes;
How then could I gaze at a virgin?
||"And what is the portion of God from above
Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
||"Is it not calamity to the unjust
And disaster to those who work iniquity?
||"Does He not see my ways
And number all my steps?
||"If I have walked with falsehood,
And my foot has hastened after deceit,
||Let Him weigh me with accurate scales,
And let God know my integrity.
||"If my step has turned from the way,
Or my heart followed my eyes,
Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,
||Let me sow and another eat,
And let my crops be uprooted.
||"If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway,
||May my wife grind for another,
And let others kneel down over her.
||"For that would be a lustful crime;
Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.
||"For it would be fire that consumes to Abaddon,
And would uproot all my increase.
||"If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves
When they filed a complaint against me,
||What then could I do when God arises?
And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?
||"Did not He who made me in the womb make him,
And the same one fashion us in the womb?
||"If I have kept the poor from their desire,
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
||Or have eaten my morsel alone,
And the orphan has not shared it
||(But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
And from infancy I guided her),
||If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
Or that the needy had no covering,
||If his loins have not thanked me,
And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
||If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan,
Because I saw I had support in the gate,
||Let my shoulder fall from the socket,
And my arm be broken off at the elbow.
||"For calamity from God is a terror to me,
And because of His majesty I can do nothing.
||"If I have put my confidence in gold,
And called fine gold my trust,
||If I have gloated because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had secured so much;
||If I have looked at the sun when it shone
Or the moon going in splendor,
||And my heart became secretly enticed,
And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
||That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment,
For I would have denied God above.
||"Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy,
Or exulted when evil befell him?
||"No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for his life in a curse.
||"Have the men of my tent not said,
`Who can find one who has not been satisfied with his meat'?
||"The alien has not lodged outside,
For I have opened my doors to the traveler.
||"Have I covered my transgressions like Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
||Because I feared the great multitude,
And the contempt of families terrified me,
And kept silent and did not go out of doors?
||"Oh that I had one to hear me!
Behold, here is my signature;
Let the Almighty answer me!
And the indictment which my adversary has written,
||Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,
I would bind it to myself like a crown.
||"I would declare to Him the number of my steps;
Like a prince I would approach Him.
||"If my land cries out against me,
And its furrows weep together;
||If I have eaten its fruit without money,
Or have caused its owners to lose their lives,
||Let briars grow instead of wheat,
And stinkweed instead of barley."
The words of Job are ended.
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