Job 31
English Standard Version

Job’s Final Appeal

1“I have made a covenant with my eyes;
how then could I gaze at a virgin?
2What would be my portion from God above
and my heritage from the Almighty on high?
3Is not calamity for the unrighteous,
and disaster for the workers of iniquity?
4Does not he see my ways
and number all my steps?

5“If I have walked with falsehood
and my foot has hastened to deceit;
6(Let me be weighed in a just balance,
and let God know my integrity!)
7if my step has turned aside from the way
and my heart has gone after my eyes,
and if any spot has stuck to my hands,
8then let me sow, and another eat,
and let what grows for mea be rooted out.

9“If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,
and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,
10then let my wife grind for another,
and let others bow down on her.
11For that would be a heinous crime;
that would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
12for that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon,
and it would burn to the root all my increase.

13“If I have rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant,
when they brought a complaint against me,
14what then shall I do when God rises up?
When he makes inquiry, what shall I answer him?
15Did not he who made me in the womb make him?
And did not one fashion us in the womb?

16“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired,
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
17or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it
18(for from my youth the fatherlessb grew up with me as with a father,
and from my mother’s womb I guided the widowc),
19if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
or the needy without covering,
20if his body has not blessed me,d
and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep,
21if I have raised my hand against the fatherless,
because I saw my help in the gate,
22then let my shoulder blade fall from my shoulder,
and let my arm be broken from its socket.
23For I was in terror of calamity from God,
and I could not have faced his majesty.

24“If I have made gold my trust
or called fine gold my confidence,
25if I have rejoiced because my wealth was abundant
or because my hand had found much,
26if I have looked at the sune when it shone,
or the moon moving in splendor,
27and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my mouth has kissed my hand,
28this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
for I would have been false to God above.

29“If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him who hated me,
or exulted when evil overtook him
30(I have not let my mouth sin
by asking for his life with a curse),
31if the men of my tent have not said,
‘Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?’
32(the sojourner has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the traveler),
33if I have concealed my transgressions as others dof
by hiding my iniquity in my heart,
34because 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—
35Oh, 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!
36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
I would bind it on me as a crown;
37I would give him an account of all my steps;
like a prince I would approach him.

38“If my land has cried out against me
and its furrows have wept together,
39if I have eaten its yield without payment
and made its owners breathe their last,
40let thorns grow instead of wheat,
and foul weeds instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.

a 8 Or let my descendants
b 18 Hebrew he
c 18 Hebrew her
d 20 Hebrew if his loins have not blessed me
e 26 Hebrew the light
f 33 Or as Adam did
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