| || I MADE a covenant with mine eyes;|
How then should I look upon a virgin?
| ||For 1 what is the portion from God above,|
And the heritage from the Almighty on high?
| ||Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,|
And disaster to the workers of iniquity?
| ||Doth not he see my ways,|
And number all my steps?
| ||If I have walked with falsehood,|
And my foot hath hasted to deceit
| ||(Let me be weighed in an even balance,|
That God may know mine integrity);
| ||If my step hath turned out of the way,|
And my heart walked after mine eyes,
And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:
| ||Then let me sow, and let another eat;|
Yea, let the 2 produce of my field be rooted out.
| ||If my heart hath been enticed unto a woman,|
And I have laid wait at my neighbors door;
| ||Then let my wife grind unto another,|
And let others bow down upon her.
| ||For that were a heinous crime;|
Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
| ||For it is a fire that consumeth unto Destruction, 3|
And would root out all mine increase.
| ||If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant,|
When they contended with me;
| ||What then shall I do when God riseth up?|
And when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?
| ||Did not he that made me in the womb make him?|
And did not one fashion us in the womb?
| ||If I have withheld the 4 poor from their desire,|
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
| ||Or have eaten my morsel alone,|
And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof
| ||(Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,|
And her have I guided from my mothers womb);
| ||If I have seen any perish for want of clothing,|
Or that the needy had no covering;
| ||If his loins have not blessed me,|
And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
| ||If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless,|
Because I saw my help in the gate:
| ||Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade,|
And mine arm be broken from the bone.
| ||For calamity from God is a terror to me,|
And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing.
| ||If I have made gold my hope,|
And have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
| ||If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,|
And because my hand had gotten much;
| ||If I have beheld the 5 sun when it shined,|
Or the moon walking in brightness,
| ||And my heart hath been secretly enticed,|
And my 6 mouth hath kissed my hand:
| ||This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges;|
For I should have denied the God that is above.
| ||If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me,|
Or lifted up myself when evil found him
| ||(Yea, I have not suffered my mouth 7 to sin|
By asking his life with a curse);
| ||If the men of my tent have not said,|
Who can find one that hath not been filled with his meat?
| ||(The sojourner hath not lodged in the street;|
But I have opened my doors to the 8 traveller);
| ||If like 9 Adam I have covered my transgressions,|
By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,
| ||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
| ||Oh that I had one to hear me!|
(Lo, here is my signature, 10 let the Almighty answer me)
And that I had the indictment 11 which mine adversary hath written!
| ||Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder;|
I would bind it unto me as a crown:
| ||I would declare unto him the number of my steps;|
As a prince would I go 12 near unto him.
| ||If my land crieth out against me,|
And the furrows thereof weep together;
| ||If I have eaten the fruits 13 thereof without money,|
Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
| ||Let thistles 14 grow instead of wheat,|
And 15 cockle 16 instead of barley.
The words of Job are ended.