1“A covenant I have concluded with my eyes.
So how could I show myself attentive to a virgin?
2And what portion is there from God above,
Or inheritance from the Almighty from on high?
3Is there not disaster for a wrongdoer,
And misfortune for those practicing what is hurtful?
4Does he not himself see my ways
And count even all my steps?
7If my stepping deviates from the way,
Or my heart has walked merely after my eyes,
Or any defect has stuck in my own palms,
8Let me sow seed and someone else eat,
And let my own descendants be rooted out.
11For that would be loose conduct,
And that would be an error for [attention by] the justices.
12For that is a fire that would eat clear to destruction,
And among all my produce it would take root.
15Did not the One making me in the belly make him,
And did not just One proceed to prepare us in the womb?
16If I used to hold back the lowly ones from [their] delight,
And the eyes of the widow I would cause to fail,
17And I used to eat my morsel by myself,
While the fatherless boy did not eat from it
18(For from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
And from the belly of my mother I kept leading her);
19If I used to see anyone perishing from having no garment,
Or that the poor one had no covering;
20If his loins did not bless me,
Nor from the shorn wool of my young rams he would warm himself;
21If I waved my hand to and fro against the fatherless boy,
When I would see [need of] my assistance in the gate,
22Let my own shoulder blade fall from its shoulder,
And let my own arm be broken from its upper bone.
23For disaster from God was a dread to me,
And against his dignity I could not hold out.
24If I have put gold as my confidence,
Or to gold I have said, ‘You are my trust!’
25If I used to rejoice because my property was much,
And because my hand had found a lot of things;
26If I used to see the light when it would flash forth,
Or the precious moon walking along,
27And my heart began to be enticed in secrecy
And my hand proceeded to kiss my mouth,
28That too would be an error for [attention by] the justices,
For I should have denied the [true] God above.
33If like an earthling man I covered over my transgressions
By hiding my error in my shirt pocket—
34Because I would suffer a shock at a large crowd,
Or the contempt itself of families would terrorize me
And I would keep silent, I would not go out of the entrance.
35O that I had someone listening to me,
That according to my signature the Almighty himself would answer me!
Or that the individual in the case at law with me had written a document itself!
36Surely upon my shoulder I would carry it;
I would bind it around me like a grand crown.
37The number of my steps I would tell him;
Like a leader I would approach him.
38If against me my own ground would cry for aid,
And together its furrows themselves would weep;
39If its fruitage I have eaten without money,
And the soul of its owners I have caused to pant,
40Instead of wheat let the thorny weed go forth,
And instead of barley stinking weeds.”
The words of Job have come to an end.