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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
XXXI
 
 
[1]    I MADE a covenant with mine eyes;
How then should I look upon a virgin?
[2]  For 1 what is the portion from God above,
And the heritage from the Almighty on high?
[3]  Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,
And disaster to 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,
That God may know mine integrity);
[7]  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:
[8]  Then let me sow, and let another eat;
Yea, let the 2 produce of my field be rooted out.
 
[9]  If my heart hath been enticed unto a woman,
And I have laid wait at my neighbor’s door;
[10]  Then let my wife grind unto another,
And let others bow down upon her.
[11]  For that were a heinous crime;
Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
[12]  For it is a fire that consumeth unto Destruction, 3
And would root out all mine increase.
[13]  If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant,
When they contended with me;
[14]  What then shall I do when God riseth up?
And when he visiteth, what shall 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 4 poor from their desire,
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
[17]  Or have eaten my morsel alone,
And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof
[18]  (Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
And her have I guided from my mother’s womb);
[19]  If I have seen any perish for want of clothing,
Or that the needy had no covering;
[20]  If his loins have not blessed me,
And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
[21]  If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless,
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 God is a terror to me,
And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing.
 
[24]  If I have made gold my hope,
And have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;
[25]  If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
And because my hand had gotten much;
[26]  If I have beheld the 5 sun when it shined,
Or the moon walking in brightness,
[27]  And my heart hath been secretly enticed,
And my 6 mouth hath kissed my hand:
[28]  This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
For I should have denied the God that is above.
[29]  If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me,
Or lifted up myself when evil found him
[30]  (Yea, I have not suffered my mouth 7 to sin
By asking his life with a curse);
[31]  If the men of my tent have not said,
Who can find one that hath not been filled with his meat?
[32]  (The sojourner hath not lodged in the street;
But I have opened my doors to the 8 traveller);
[33]  If like 9 Adam I have covered my transgressions,
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!
(Lo, here is my signature, 10 let the Almighty answer me)
And that I had the indictment 11 which mine adversary hath written!
[36]  Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder;
I would bind it unto me as a crown:
[37]  I would declare unto him the number of my steps;
As a prince would I go 12 near unto him.
[38]  If my land crieth out against me,
And the furrows thereof weep together;
[39]  If I have eaten the fruits 13 thereof without money,
Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:
[40]  Let thistles 14 grow instead of wheat,
And 15 cockle 16 instead of barley.

The words of Job are ended.
 
Note 1. Or, For what portion should I have of God … And what heritage &c.? Is there not calamity &c.? [back]
Note 2. Or, my offspring.Heb. my produce. [back]
Note 3. Heb. Abaddon. See ch. 26. 6. [back]
Note 4. Or, to warm them. [back]
Note 5. Heb. the light. [back]
Note 6. Heb. my hand hath kissed my mouth. [back]
Note 7. Heb. palate. [back]
Note 8. Heb. the way. [back]
Note 9. Or, after the manner of men. [back]
Note 10. Heb. mark. [back]
Note 11. Heb. book. [back]
Note 12. Or, present it to him. [back]
Note 13. Heb. strength. [back]
Note 14. Or, thorns. [back]
Note 15. Or, noisome weeds. [back]
Note 16. Or, noisome weeds. [back]
 

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