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Job 31 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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“I have made a covenant with my eyes;
how then could I gaze at a virgin?

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What would be my portion from God above
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Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
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Does not he see my ways
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“If I have walked with falsehood
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(Let me be weighed in a just balance,
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if my step has turned aside from the way
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and if any spot has stuck to my hands,

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then let me sow, and another eat,
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“If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
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then let my wife grind for another,
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For that would be a heinous crime;
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for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon,
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“If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
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what then shall I do when God rises up?
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Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
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“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
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or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it

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(for from my youth the fatherless[fn] grew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow[fn]),

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if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
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if his body has not blessed me,[fn]
and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

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if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
because I saw my help in the gate,

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then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
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For I was in terror of calamity from God,
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“If I have made gold my trust
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if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant
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if I have looked at the sun[fn] when it shone,
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and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my mouth has kissed my hand,

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this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
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“If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
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(I have not let my mouth sin
by asking for his life with a curse),

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if the men of my tent have not said,
‘Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?’

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(the sojourner has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the traveler),

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if I have concealed my transgressions as others do[fn]
by hiding my iniquity in my heart,

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because I stood in great fear of the multitude,
and the contempt of families terrified me,
so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors—

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Oh, that I had one to hear me!
(Here is my signature! Let the Almighty answer me!)
Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary!

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Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
I would bind it on me as a crown;

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I would give him an account of all my steps;
like a prince I would approach him.

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“If my land has cried out against me
and its furrows have wept together,

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if I have eaten its yield without payment
and made its owners breathe their last,

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let thorns grow instead of wheat,
and foul weeds instead of barley.” The words of Job are ended.
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Or let my descendants
Hebrew he
Hebrew her
Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me
Hebrew the light
Or as Adam did

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