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Job 31 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:1 - "I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look upon a virgin?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:2 - What would be my portion from God above, and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:3 - Does not calamity befall the unrighteous, and disaster the workers of iniquity?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:4 - Does not he see my ways, and number all my steps?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:5 - "If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hastened to deceit;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:6 - (Let me be weighed in a just balance, and let God know my integrity!)
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:7 - if my step has turned aside from the way, and my heart has gone after my eyes, and if any spot has cleaved to my hands;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:8 - then let me sow, and another eat; and let what grows for me be rooted out.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:9 - "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:10 - then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:11 - For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:12 - for that would be a fire which consumes unto Abaddon, and it would burn to the root all my increase.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:13 - "If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they brought a complaint against me;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:14 - what then shall I do when God rises up? When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:15 - Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:16 - "If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:17 - or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:18 - (for from his youth I reared him as a father, and from his mother's womb I guided him);
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:19 - if I have seen any one perish for lack of clothing, or a poor man without covering;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:20 - if his loins have 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, because I saw help in the gate;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:22 - then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder, and let my arm be broken from its socket.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:23 - For I was in terror of calamity from God, and I could not have faced his majesty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:24 - "If I have made gold my trust, or called fine gold my confidence;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:25 - if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, or because my hand had gotten much;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:26 - if I have looked at the sun when it shone, or the moon moving in splendor,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:27 - and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth has kissed my hand;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:28 - this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges, for I should have been false to God above.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:29 - "If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him that hated me, or exulted when evil overtook him
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:30 - (I have not let my mouth sin by asking for his life with a curse);
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:31 - if the men of my tent have not said, 'Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?'
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:32 - (the sojourner has not lodged in the street; I have opened my doors to the wayfarer);
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:33 - if I have concealed my transgressions from men, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:34 - 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--
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:35 - 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!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:36 - Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; I would bind it on me as a crown;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:37 - I would give him an account of all my steps; like a prince I would approach him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:38 - "If my land has cried out against me, and its furrows have wept together;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:39 - if I have eaten its yield without payment, and caused the death of its owners;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 31:40 - let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

Availability: Freely available for non-commercial use provided that this header is included in its entirety with any copy distributed.


Pericope taken from the NASB95 and has been graciously provided by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, Calif. All rights reserved.

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