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Job 31 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Defends His Righteousness

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:1 - “I have made a covenant with my eyes;
Why then should I look upon a young woman?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:2 - For what is the allotment of God from above,
And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:3 - Is it not destruction for the wicked,
And disaster for the workers of 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 with falsehood,
Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:6 - Let me be weighed on honest scales,
That God may know my integrity.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:7 - If my step has turned from the way,
Or my heart walked after my eyes,
Or if any spot adheres to my hands,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - Then let me sow, and another eat;
Yes, let my harvest be rooted out.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:9 - “If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
Or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:10 - Then let my wife grind for another,
And let others bow down over her.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:11 - For that would be wickedness;
Yes, it would be iniquity deserving of judgment.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:12 - For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction,
And would root out all my increase.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:13 - “If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant
When they complained against me,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:14 - What then shall I do when God rises up?
When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:15 - Did not He who made me in the womb make them?
Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:16 - “If I have kept the poor from their desire,
Or caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:17 - Or eaten my morsel by myself,
So that the fatherless could not eat of it

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:18 - (But from my youth I reared him as a father,
And from my mother’s womb I guided the widow[fn]);

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:19 - If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
Or any poor man without covering;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:20 - If his heart[fn] has not blessed me,
And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:21 - If I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
When I saw I had help in the gate;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:22 - Then let my arm fall from my shoulder,
Let my arm be torn from the socket.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:23 - For destruction from God is a terror to me,
And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:24 - “If I have made gold my hope,
Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:25 - If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gained much;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:26 - If I have observed the sun[fn] when it shines,
Or the moon moving in brightness,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:27 - So that my heart has been secretly enticed,
And my mouth has kissed my hand;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:28 - This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment,
For I would have denied God who is above.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:29 - “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
Or lifted myself up when evil found him

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:30 - (Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin
By asking for a curse on his soul);

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:31 - If the men of my tent have not said,
‘Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?’

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:32 - (But no sojourner had to lodge in the street,
For I have opened my doors to the traveler[fn]);

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:33 - If I have covered my transgressions as Adam,
By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:34 - Because I feared the great multitude,
And dreaded the contempt of families,
So that I kept silence
And did not go out of the door—

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:35 - Oh, that I had one to hear me!
Here is my mark.
Oh, that the Almighty would answer me,
That my Prosecutor had written a book!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:36 - Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,
And bind it on me 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 fruit[fn] without money,
Or caused its owners to lose their lives;

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:40 - Then let thistles grow instead of wheat,
And weeds instead of barley.”
The words of Job are ended.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally her (compare verse 16)
Literally loins
Literally light
Following Septuagint, Syriac, Targum, and Vulgate; Masoretic Text reads road.
Literally its strength
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