Job

Job 31 ©

Job maketh a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties.

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I aMADE a covenant with mine beyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

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For cwhat portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

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dIs not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?

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eDoth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

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fIf I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;

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1Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

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gIf my step hath turned out of the way, and hmine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands;

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Then ilet me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

i Le. 26.16. De. 28.30-33. ch. 18.16-20.
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If jmine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;

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Then let my wife kgrind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.

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For this is an lheinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity mto be punished by the judges.

m v.28.
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For it is a nfire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

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If I odid despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;

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What then shall I do when pGod riseth up? and when he visiteth, qwhat shall I answer him?

q ch. 42.4.
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rDid not he that made me in the womb make him? and 2did not one fashion us in the womb?

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If I have swithheld the poor from their desire, or have tcaused the eyes of the widow to fail;

s Lu. 16.21. ch. 22.9.
t ch. 11.20.
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Or have ueaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;

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(For from my youth vhe was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have wguided 3her from my mother's womb;)

w ch. 38.32.
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If I have xseen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;

x Mat. 25.43. Ja. 2.16. ch. 22.6.
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If yhis loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

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If I have zlifted up my hand aagainst the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:

z Is. 58.6. ch. 29.12.
a ch. 22.9.
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Then blet mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the 4bone.

b Ps. 7.5; 137.5,6. 1Ki. 13.4. ch. 22.9.
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For cdestruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his dhighness I could not endure.

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If I ehave made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence;

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If I frejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had 5*gotten much;

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If gI beheld 6the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in 7brightness;

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And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or 8my mouth hath hkissed my hand:

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This also were ian iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have jdenied the God that is above.

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If I krejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him:

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Neither have I suffered 9my mouth to sin by wishing la curse to his soul.

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mIf the men of my *tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.

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The nstranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors 10to the traveller.

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If I covered my transgressions 11as Adam, by hiding omine iniquity in my bosom:

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Did pI fear a great multitude, or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, and went not out of the door?

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qOh that one would hear me! behold, 12my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.

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Surely I would take it rupon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.

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

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If my land tcry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof 13complain;

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If I uhave eaten 14the fruits thereof without money, or have vcaused 15the owners thereof to lose their life:

u Ja. 5.4.
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Let wthistles grow instead of wheat, and 16*cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.