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31 “I have made a covenant with my eyes;

Why then should I 1look upon a ayoung woman?

2 For what is the ballotment of God from above,

And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

3 Is it not destruction for the wicked,

And disaster for the workers of iniquity?

4 cDoes He not see my ways,

And count all my steps?

5 “If I have walked with falsehood,

Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,

6 2Let me be weighed on honest scales,

That God may know my dintegrity.

7 If my step has turned from the way,

Or emy heart walked after my eyes,

Or if any spot adheres to my hands,

8 Then flet me sow, and another eat;

Yes, let my harvest be 3rooted out.

9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman,

Or if I have lurked at my neighbor’s door,

10 Then let my wife grind for ganother,

And let others bow down over her.

11 For that would be wickedness;

Yes, hit would be iniquity deserving of judgment.

12 For that would be a fire that consumes to destruction,

And would root out all my increase.

13If I have idespised the cause of my male or female servant

When they complained against me,

14 What then shall I do when jGod rises up?

When He punishes, how shall I answer Him?

15 kDid not He who made me in the womb make them?

Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

16 “If I have kept the poor from their desire,

Or caused the eyes of the widow to lfail,

17 Or eaten my morsel by myself,

So that the fatherless could not eat of it

18 (But from my youth I reared him as a father,

And from my mother’s womb I guided 4the widow);

19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,

Or any poor man without covering;

20 If his 5heart has not mblessed me,

And if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

21 If I have raised my hand nagainst the fatherless,

When I saw I had help in the gate;

22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder,

Let my arm be torn from the socket.

23 For odestruction from God is a terror to me,

And because of His magnificence I cannot endure.

24 “If pI have made gold my hope,

Or said to fine gold, ‘You are my confidence’;

25 qIf I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,

And because my hand had gained much;

26 rIf I have observed the 6sun when it shines,

Or the moon moving in brightness,

27 So that my heart has been secretly enticed,

And my mouth has kissed my hand;

28 This also would be an iniquity deserving of judgment,

For I would have denied God who is above.

29 “If sI have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,

Or lifted myself up when evil found him

30 t(Indeed I have not allowed my mouth to sin

By asking for a curse on his 7soul);

31 If the men of my tent have not said,

‘Who is there that has not been satisfied with his meat?’

32 u(But no sojourner had to lodge in the street,

For I have opened my doors to the 8traveler);

33 If I have covered my transgressions vas 9Adam,

By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

34 Because I feared the great wmultitude,

And dreaded the contempt of families,

So that I kept silence

And did not go out of the door—

35 xOh, that I had one to hear me!

Here is my mark.

Oh, ythat the Almighty would answer me,

That my 1Prosecutor had written a book!

36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,

And bind it on me like a crown;

37 I would declare to Him the number of my steps;

Like a prince I would approach Him.

38 “If my land cries out against me,

And its furrows weep together;

39 If zI have eaten its 2fruit without money,

Or acaused its owners to lose their lives;

40 Then let bthistles grow instead of wheat,

And weeds instead of barley.”

The words of Job are ended.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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