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Job 31

31:1 I made a couenant with mine eyes; why then should I thinke vpon a mayd 31:2 For what portion of God is there from aboue and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high 31:3 Is not destruction to the wicked and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquitie 31:4 Doeth not he see my wayes, and count all my steps 31:5 If I haue walked with vanitie, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit; 31:6 Let me bee weighed in an euen ballance, that God may know mine integritie. 31:7 If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaued to my hands: 31:8 Then let mee sow, and let another eate, yea let my off-spring be rooted out. 31:9 If mine heart haue bene deceiued by a woman, or if I haue layde wait at my neighbours doore: 31:10 Then let my wife grind vnto another, and let others bow downe vpon her. 31:11 For this is an heinous crime, yea, it is an iniquitie to bee punished by the Iudges. 31:12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would roote out all mine encrease. 31:13 If I did despise the cause of my man-seruant, or of my mayd-seruant, when they contended with me: 31:14 What then shall I do, when God riseth vp and when hee visiteth, what shall I answere him 31:15 Did not hee that made mee in the wombe, make him and did not one fashion vs in the wombe 31:16 If I haue withhelde the poore from their desire, or haue caused the eyes of the widow to faile: 31:17 Or haue eaten my morsell my selfe alone, and the fatherlesse hath not eaten thereof: 31:18 (For from my youth hee was brought vp with me as with a father, and I haue guided her from my mothers wombe.) 31:19 If I haue seene any perish for want of cloathing, or any poore without couering: 31:20 If his loynes haue not blessed me, and if hee were not warmed with the fleece of my sheepe: 31:21 If I haue lift vp my hand against the fatherlesse, when I saw my helpe in the gate: 31:22 Then let mine arme fall from my shoulder-blade, and mine arme be broken from the bone. 31:23 For destruction from God was a terrour to mee: and by reason of his highnesse, I could not endure. 31:24 If I haue made golde my hope, or haue said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence: 31:25 If I reioyced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much: 31:26 If I beheld the Sunne when it shined, or the Moone walking in brightnesse: 31:27 And my heart hath bene secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: 31:28 This also were an iniquitie to be punished by the Iudge: For I should haue denied the God that is aboue. 31:29 If I reioyced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lift vp my selfe when euill found him: 31:30 (Neither haue I suffered my mouth to sinne by wishing a curse to his soule.) 31:31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! wee cannot be satisfied. 31:32 The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doores to the trauailer. 31:33 If I couered my transgressions, as Adam: by hiding mine iniquitie in my bosome: 31:34 Did I feare a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrifie me: that I kept silence, and went not out of the doore 31:35 O that one would heare me! beholde, my desire is, that the Almightie would answere me, and that mine aduersary had written a booke. 31:36 Surely I would take it vpon my shoulder, and bind it as a crowne to me. 31:37 I would declare vnto him the number of my steps, as a prince would I goe neere vnto him. 31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrowes likewise thereof complaine: 31:39 If I haue eaten the fruits thereof without money, or haue caused the owners thereof to loose their life: 31:40 Let thistles grow in stead of wheat, and cockle in stead of barley. The words of Iob are ended.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain