Job 31 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 31


Job 31:1

I made a covenant with mine eyes; How then should I look upon a virgin?

Job 31:2

For what is the portion from God above, And the heritage from the Almighty on high?

Job 31:3

Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, And disaster to the workers of iniquity?

Job 31:4

Doth not he see my ways, And number all my steps?

Job 31:5

If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot hath hasted to deceit

Job 31:6

(Let me be weighed in an even balance, That God may know mine integrity);

Job 31:7

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:

Job 31:8

Then let me sow, and let another eat; Yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.

Job 31:9

If my heart hath been enticed unto a woman, And I have laid wait at my neighbor’s door;

Job 31:10

Then let my wife grind unto another, And let others bow down upon her.

Job 31:11

For that were a heinous crime; Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

Job 31:12

For it is a fire that consumeth unto Destruction, And would root out all mine increase.

Job 31:13

If I have despised the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, When they contended with me;

Job 31:14

What then shall I do when God riseth up? And when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

Job 31:15

Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

Job 31:16

If I have withheld the poor from [their] desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

Job 31:17

Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof

Job 31:18

(Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And her have I guided from my mother’s womb);

Job 31:19

If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering;

Job 31:20

If his loins have not blessed me, And if he hath not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

Job 31:21

If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, Because I saw my help in the gate:

Job 31:22

Then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder-blade, And mine arm be broken from the bone.

Job 31:23

For calamity from God is a terror to me, And by reason of his majesty I can do nothing.

Job 31:24

If I have made gold my hope, And have said to the fine gold, [Thou art] my confidence;

Job 31:25

If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, And because my hand had gotten much;

Job 31:26

If I have beheld the sun when it shined, Or the moon walking in brightness,

Job 31:27

And my heart hath been secretly enticed, And my mouth hath kissed my hand:

Job 31:28

This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judges; For I should have denied the God that is above.

Job 31:29

If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, Or lifted up myself when evil found him;

Job 31:30

(Yea, I have not suffered by mouth to sin By asking his life with a curse);

Job 31:31

If the men of my tent have not said, Who can find one that hath not been filled with his meat?

Job 31:32

(The sojourner hath not lodged in the street; But I have opened my doors to the traveller);

Job 31:33

If like Adam I have covered my transgressions, By hiding mine iniquity in my bosom,

Job 31:34

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–

Job 31:35

Oh that I had one to hear me! (Lo, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me); And [that I had] the indictment which mine adversary hath written!

Job 31:36

Surely I would carry it upon my shoulder; I would bind it unto me as a crown:

Job 31:37

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

Job 31:38

If my land crieth out against me, And the furrows thereof weep together;

Job 31:39

If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, Or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

Job 31:40

Let thistles grow instead of wheat, And cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.

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