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Job 31 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Job Asserts His Integrity

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:1 - “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
How then could I gaze at a virgin?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:2 - “And what is the portion of God from above
Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:3 - “Is it not calamity to the unjust
And disaster to those who work iniquity?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:4 - “Does He not see my ways
And number all my steps?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:5 - “If I have walked with falsehood,
And my foot has hastened after deceit,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:6 - Let Him weigh me with [fn]accurate scales,
And let God know my integrity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:7 - “If my step has turned from the way,
Or my heart [fn]followed my eyes,
Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - Let me sow and another eat,
And let my [fn]crops be uprooted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:9 - “If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:10 - May my wife grind for another,
And let others [fn]kneel down over her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:11 - “For that would be a lustful crime;
Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:12 - “For it would be fire that consumes to [fn]Abaddon,
And would uproot all my [fn]increase.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:13 - “If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves
When they filed a complaint against me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:14 - What then could I do when God arises?
And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:15 - “Did not He who made me in the womb make him,
And the same one fashion us in the womb?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:16 - “If I have kept the poor from their desire,
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:17 - Or have eaten my morsel alone,
And the orphan has not [fn]shared it
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:18 - (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
And from [fn]infancy I guided her),
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:19 - If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
Or that the needy had no covering,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:20 - If his loins have not [fn]thanked me,
And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:21 - If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan,
Because I saw [fn]I had support in the gate,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:22 - Let my shoulder fall from the [fn]socket,
And my arm be broken off [fn]at the elbow.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:23 - “For calamity from God is a terror to me,
And because of His [fn]majesty I can do nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:24 - “If I have put my confidence in gold,
And called fine gold my trust,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:25 - If I have gloated because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had secured so much;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:26 - If I have looked at the [fn]sun when it shone
Or the moon going in splendor,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:27 - And my heart became secretly enticed,
And my hand [fn]threw a kiss from my mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:28 - That too would have been an iniquity calling for [fn]judgment,
For I would have denied God above.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:29 - “Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy,
Or [fn]exulted when evil befell him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:30 - [fn]No, I have not [fn]allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for his life in a curse.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:31 - “Have the men of my tent not said,
‘Who can [fn]find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:32 - “The alien has not lodged outside,
For I have opened my doors to the [fn]traveler.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:33 - “Have I covered my transgressions like [fn]Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:34 - Because I feared the great multitude,
And the contempt of families terrified me,
And kept silent and did not go out of doors?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:35 - “Oh that I had one to hear me!
Behold, here is my [fn]signature;
Let the Almighty answer me!
And the indictment which my adversary has written,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:36 - Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,
I would bind it to myself like a crown.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:37 - “I would declare to Him the number of my steps;
Like a prince I would approach Him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:38 - “If my land cries out against me,
And its furrows weep together;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:39 - If I have eaten its [fn]fruit without money,
Or have caused [fn]its owners to lose their lives,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:40 - Let briars [fn]grow instead of wheat,
And stinkweed instead of barley.”
The words of Job are ended.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: just
Literally: walked after
Or, offspring
I.e. sexual relations
I.e. place of destruction
Or, yield
Literally: eaten from it
Literally: my mother's womb
Literally: blessed
Literally: my help
Literally: shoulder; or back
Literally: from the bone of the upper arm
Literally: exaltation
Literally: light
Literally: kissed my mouth
Literally: judges
Literally: lifted myself up
Literally: And
Literally: given my palate
Literally: give
M.T. way
Or, mankind
Literally: mark
Literally: strength
Literally: the soul of its owners to expire
Literally: come forth

New American Standard Bible 1995
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