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31 “A covenant I have concluded with my eyes.+ So how could I show myself attentive to a virgin?+ 2 And what portion is there from God* above,+ Or inheritance from the Almighty from on high? 3 Is there not disaster for a wrongdoer,+ And misfortune for those practicing what is hurtful? 4 Does he not himself see my ways+ And count even all my steps? 5 If I have walked with [men of] untruth,+ And my foot hastens to deception,+ 6 He will weigh me in accurate scales*+ And God* will get to know my integrity.+ 7 If my stepping deviates from the way,+ Or my heart has walked merely after my eyes,+ Or any defect has stuck in my own palms,+ 8 Let me sow seed and someone else eat,+ And let my own descendants be rooted out. 9 If my heart has been enticed toward a woman,+ And I kept lying in wait+ at the very entranceway of my companion, 10 Let my wife do the grinding for another man, And over her let other men kneel down.+ 11 For that would be loose conduct, And that would be an error for [attention by] the justices.+ 12 For that is a fire that would eat clear to destruction,*+ And among all my produce it would take root. 13 If I used to refuse the judgment of my slave man Or of my slave girl in their case at law with me, 14 Then what can I do when God* rises up? And when he calls for an accounting, what can I answer him?+ 15 Did not the One making me in the belly make him,+ And did not just One proceed to prepare us in the womb? 16 If I used to hold back the lowly ones from [their] delight,+ And the eyes of the widow I would cause to fail,+ 17 And 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); 19 If I used to see anyone perishing from having no garment,+ Or that the poor one had no covering; 20 If his loins did not bless me,+ Nor from the shorn wool+ of my young rams he would warm himself; 21 If I waved my hand to and fro against the fatherless boy,+ When I would see [need of] my assistance in the gate,+ 22 Let my own shoulder blade fall from its shoulder, And let my own arm be broken from its upper bone. 23 For disaster from God* was a dread to me, And against his dignity+ I could not hold out. 24 If I have put gold* as my confidence, Or to gold* I have said, ‘You are my trust!’+ 25 If I used to rejoice because my property was much,+ And because my hand had found a lot of things;+ 26 If I used to see the light when it would flash forth, Or the precious moon walking along,+ 27 And my heart began to be enticed in secrecy+ And my hand proceeded to kiss my mouth,* 28 That too would be an error for [attention by] the justices, For I should have denied the [true] God above. 29 If I used to rejoice at the extinction of one intensely hating me,+ Or I felt excited* because evil had found him— 30 And I did not allow my palate to sin By asking for an oath against his soul.+ 31 If the men of my tent did not say, ‘Who can produce anyone that has not been satisfied from food* of his?’+— 32 Outside no alien resident would spend the night;+ My doors I kept open to the path.* 33 If like an earthling man* I covered over my transgressions+ By hiding my error in my shirt pocket— 34 Because 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. 35 O 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! 36 Surely upon my shoulder I would carry it; I would bind it around me like a grand crown. 37 The number of my steps I would tell him;+ Like a leader I would approach him. 38 If against me my own ground would cry for aid, And together its furrows themselves would weep; 39 If its fruitage* I have eaten without money,+ And the soul of its owners I have caused to pant,+ 40 Instead of wheat let the thorny weed go forth,+ And instead of barley stinking weeds.” The words of Job have come to an end.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah; Gr., ho The·osʹ.
^ Lit., “in scales of righteousness.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah; LXX, “Jehovah.”
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl.
^ “God.” Heb., ʼEl; Gr., Ky·riʹou, “Jehovah.”
^ “Gold.” Heb., za·havʹ.
^ Apparently alluding to throwing a kiss with the hand in an idolatrous practice. Kissing of idols is mentioned in 1Ki 19:18; Ho 13:2.
^ “Felt excited,” M; T, “made a joyful noise.”
^ Lit., “flesh; meat.”
^ “Path,” M; TLXXSyVg, “traveler.”
^ “Like an earthling man (Adam; man).” Heb., kheʼa·dhamʹ, possibly, “from man; among men.”
^ Lit., “mark,” evidently in writing, confirming a legal document.
^ Lit., “man.” Heb., ʼish.
^ Lit., “its power.” Heb., ko·chahʹ.