Darby's English Translation

Job 30

The Book of Job

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Chapter 31

1

 

  I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid?  

 

 


2

 

  For what would have been [my] portion of +God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high?  

 

 


3

 

  Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity?  

 

 


4

 

  Doth not he see my ways, and number all my steps?  

 

 


5

 

  If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot hath hasted to deceit,  

 

 


6

 

  (Let me be weighed in an even balance, and +God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;)  

 

 


7

 

  If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands;  

 

 


8

 

  Let me sow, and another eat; and let mine offspring be rooted out.  

 

 


9

 

  If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, so that I laid wait at my neighbour's door,  

 

 


10

 

  Let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.  

 

 


11

 

  For this is an infamy; yea, it is an iniquity [to be judged by] the judges:  

 

 


12

 

  For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.  

 

 


13

 

  If I have despised the cause of my bondman or of my bondmaid, when they contended with me,  

 

 


14

 

  What then should I do when łGod riseth up? and if he visited, what should I answer him?  

 

 


15

 

  Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not One fashion us in the womb?  

 

 


16

 

  If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, or caused the eyes of the widow to fail;  

 

 


17

 

  Or have eaten my morsel alone, so that the fatherless ate not thereof,  

 

 


18

 

  (For from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, and I have guided the [widow] from my mother's womb;)  

 

 


19

 

  If I have seen any perishing for want of clothing, or any needy without covering;  

 

 


20

 

  If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my lambs;  

 

 


21

 

  If I have lifted up my hand against an orphan, because I saw my help in the gate:  

 

 


22

 

  [Then] let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone!  

 

 


23

 

  For calamity from łGod was a terror to me, and by reason of his excellency I was powerless.  

 

 


24

 

  If I have made gold my hope, or said to the fine gold, My confidence!  

 

 


25

 

  If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;  

 

 


26

 

  If I beheld the sun when it shone, or the moon walking in brightness,  

 

 


27

 

  And my heart have been secretly enticed, so that my mouth kissed my hand:  

 

 


28

 

  This also would be an iniquity for the judge, for I should have denied the łGod who is above.  

 

 


29

 

  If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, and exulted when evil befell him;  

 

 


30

 

  (Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse;)  

 

 


31

 

  If the men of my tent said not, Who shall find one that hath not been satisfied with his meat? --  

 

 


32

 

  The stranger did not lodge without; I opened my doors to the pathway.  

 

 


33

 

  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,  

 

 


34

 

  Because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and went not out of the door, ...  

 

 


35

 

  Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold my signature: let the Almighty answer me! And let mine opponent write an accusation!  

 

 


36

 

  Would I not take it upon my shoulder? I would bind it on to me [as] a crown;  

 

 


37

 

  I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I come near to him.  

 

 


38

 

  If my land cry out against me, and its furrows weep together;  

 

 


39

 

  If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, and have tormented to death the souls of its owners:  

 

 


40

 

  Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and tares instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.  

 

 


Job 32

 

 

 

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