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Job 31 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:1 - "I made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I entertain thoughts against a virgin?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:2 - What then would be one's lot from God above, one's heritage from the Almighty on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:3 - Is it not misfortune for the unjust, and disaster for those who work iniquity?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:4 - Does he not see my ways and count all my steps?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:5 - If I have walked in falsehood, and if my foot has hastened to deceit -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:6 - let him weigh me with honest scales; then God will discover my integrity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:7 - If my footsteps have strayed from the way, if my heart has gone after my eyes, or if anything has defiled my hands,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - then let me sow and let another eat, and let my crops be uprooted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:9 - If my heart has been enticed by a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:10 - then let my wife turn the millstone for another man, and may other men have sexual relations with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:11 - For I would have committed a shameful act, an iniquity to be judged.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:12 - For it is a fire that devours even to Destruction, and it would uproot all my harvest.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:13 - "If I have disregarded the right of my male servants or my female servants when they disputed with me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:14 - then what will I do when God confronts me in judgment; when he intervenes, how will I respond to him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:15 - Did not the one who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us in the womb?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:16 - If I have refused to give the poor what they desired, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:17 - If I ate my morsel of bread myself, and did not share any of it with orphans -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:18 - but from my youth I raised the orphan like a father, and from my mother's womb I guided the widow!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:19 - If I have seen anyone about to perish for lack of clothing, or a poor man without a coat,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:20 - whose heart did not bless me as he warmed himself with the fleece of my sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:21 - if I have raised my hand to vote against the orphan, when I saw my support in the court,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:22 - then let my arm fall from the shoulder, let my arm be broken off at the socket.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:23 - For the calamity from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his majesty I was powerless.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:24 - "If I have put my confidence in gold or said to pure gold, 'You are my security!'
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:25 - if I have rejoiced because of the extent of my wealth, or because of the great wealth my hand had gained,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:26 - if I looked at the sun when it was shining, and the moon advancing as a precious thing,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:27 - so that my heart was secretly enticed, and my hand threw them a kiss from my mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:28 - then this also would be iniquity to be judged, for I would have been false to God above.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:29 - If I have rejoiced over the misfortune of my enemy or exulted because calamity found him -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:30 - I have not even permitted my mouth to sin by asking for his life through a curse -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:31 - if the members of my household have never said, 'If only there were someone who has not been satisfied from Job's meat!' -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:32 - But no stranger had to spend the night outside, for I opened my doors to the traveler -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:33 - if I have covered my transgressions as men do, by hiding iniquity in my heart,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:34 - because I was terrified of the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I remained silent and would not go outdoors -
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:35 - "If only I had someone to hear me! Here is my signature - let the Almighty answer me! If only I had an indictment that my accuser had written.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:36 - Surely I would wear it proudly on my shoulder, I would bind it on me like a crown;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:37 - I would give him an accounting of my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:38 - "If my land cried out against me and all its furrows wept together,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:39 - if I have eaten its produce without paying, or caused the death of its owners,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:40 - then let thorns sprout up in place of wheat, and in place of barley, weeds!" The words of Job are ended.

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