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Job 31 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Job’s Final Protest of Innocence
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:1 - “I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look with lust at a young woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:2 - For what has God above chosen for us?
What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:3 - Isn’t it calamity for the wicked
and misfortune for those who do evil?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:4 - Doesn’t he see everything I do
and every step I take?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:5 - “Have I lied to anyone
or deceived anyone?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:6 - Let God weigh me on the scales of justice,
for he knows my integrity.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:7 - If I have strayed from his pathway,
or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen,
or if I am guilty of any other sin,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - then let someone else eat the crops I have planted.
Let all that I have planted be uprooted.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:9 - “If my heart has been seduced by a woman,
or if I have lusted for my neighbor’s wife,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:10 - then let my wife belong to[fn] another man;
let other men sleep with her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:11 - For lust is a shameful sin,
a crime that should be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:12 - It is a fire that burns all the way to hell.[fn]
It would wipe out everything I own.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:13 - “If I have been unfair to my male or female servants
when they brought their complaints to me,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:14 - how could I face God?
What could I say when he questioned me?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:15 - For God created both me and my servants.
He created us both in the womb.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:16 - “Have I refused to help the poor,
or crushed the hopes of widows?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:17 - Have I been stingy with my food
and refused to share it with orphans?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:18 - No, from childhood I have cared for orphans like a father,
and all my life I have cared for widows.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:19 - Whenever I saw the homeless without clothes
and the needy with nothing to wear,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:20 - did they not praise me
for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:21 - “If I raised my hand against an orphan,
knowing the judges would take my side,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:22 - then let my shoulder be wrenched out of place!
Let my arm be torn from its socket!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:23 - That would be better than facing God’s judgment.
For if the majesty of God opposes me, what hope is there?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:24 - “Have I put my trust in money
or felt secure because of my gold?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:25 - Have I gloated about my wealth
and all that I own?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:26 - “Have I looked at the sun shining in the skies,
or the moon walking down its silver pathway,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:27 - and been secretly enticed in my heart
to throw kisses at them in worship?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:28 - If so, I should be punished by the judges,
for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:29 - “Have I ever rejoiced when disaster struck my enemies,
or become excited when harm came their way?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:30 - No, I have never sinned by cursing anyone
or by asking for revenge.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:31 - “My servants have never said,
‘He let others go hungry.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:32 - I have never turned away a stranger
but have opened my doors to everyone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:33 - “Have I tried to hide my sins like other people do,
concealing my guilt in my heart?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:34 - Have I feared the crowd
or the contempt of the masses,
so that I kept quiet and stayed indoors?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:35 - “If only someone would listen to me!
Look, I will sign my name to my defense.
Let the Almighty answer me.
Let my accuser write out the charges against me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:36 - I would face the accusation proudly.
I would wear it like a crown.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:37 - For I would tell him exactly what I have done.
I would come before him like a prince.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:38 - “If my land accuses me
and all its furrows cry out together,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:39 - or if I have stolen its crops
or murdered its owners,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:40 - then let thistles grow on that land instead of wheat,
and weeds instead of barley.” Job’s words are ended.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew grind for.
Hebrew to Abaddon.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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