Job's Final Defense Continued

1 "I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?

1 "I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

1 I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?

1 "I made a covenant with my eyes; how, then, can I focus my attention on a virgin?

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

2 "And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

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

2 For what portion [would I have] from God above, or [what] inheritance from the Almighty on high?

2 What would I have from God above, what heritage from the Almighty on high,

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

3 "Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity?

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

3 Doesn't disaster come to the wicked and misfortune to evildoers?

3 if not calamity that is due the unjust, and misfortune that is due those who practice iniquity?

4 Doesn't he see my ways, and number all my steps?

4 "Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?

4 Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?

4 Does He not see my ways and number all my steps?

4 He watches my life, observing every one of my actions, does he not?"

5 "If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hurried to deceit

5 "If I have walked with falsehood, And my foot has hastened after deceit,

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

5 If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has rushed to deceit,

5 "If I've lived my life in the company of vanity, or run quickly to embrace deception,

6 (let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity);

6 Let Him weigh me with accurate scales, And let God know my integrity.

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

6 let God weigh me with an accurate balance, and He will recognize my integrity.

6 let my righteousness be weighed in honest scales, and God will make known my integrity.

7 if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,

7 "If my step has turned from the way, Or my heart followed my eyes, Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

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

7 If my step has turned from the way, my heart has followed my eyes, or impurity has stained my hands,

7 If I have stepped away from the way, or if my heart covets whatever my eyes see, or if some other blemish clings to my hands,

8 then let me sow, and let another eat. Yes, let the produce of my field be rooted out.

8 Let me sow and another eat, And let my crops be uprooted.

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

8 let someone else eat what I have sown, and let my crops be uprooted.

8 what I've planted, let another eat or let my crops be uprooted."

9 "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have laid wait at my neighbor's door,

9 "If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway,

9 If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;

9 If my heart has been seduced by [my neighbor's] wife or I have lurked at his door,

9 "If my heart has been seduced by a woman and I've laid in wait at my friend's door,

10 then let my wife grind for another, and let others sleep with her.

10 May my wife grind for another, And let others kneel down over her.

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

10 let my own wife grind [grain] for another man, and let other men sleep with her.

10 then let my wife cook for another person and may someone else sleep with her,

11 For that would be a heinous crime. Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:

11 "For that would be a lustful crime; Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

11 For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.

11 For that would be a disgrace; it would be a crime deserving punishment.

11 because something as lascivious as that is an iniquity that should be judged.

12 For it is a fire that consumes to destruction, and would root out all my increase.

12 "For it would be fire that consumes to Abaddon, And would uproot all my increase.

12 For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

12 For it is a fire that consumes down to Abaddon; it would destroy my entire harvest.

12 The fires of Abaddon will burn, disrupting every part of my eternal reward."

13 "If I have despised the cause of my male servant or of my female servant, when they contended with me;

13 "If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves When they filed a complaint against me,

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

13 If I have dismissed the case of my male or female servants when they made a complaint against me,

13 "If I've refused to help my male and female servants when they complain against me,

14 What then shall I do when God rises up? When he visits, what shall I answer him?

14 What then could I do when God arises? And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?

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

14 what could I do when God stands up [to judge]? How should I answer Him when He calls [me] to account?

14 what will I do when God stands up to act? When he asks the questions, how will I answer him?

15 Didn't he who made me in the womb make him? Didn't one fashion us in the womb?

15 "Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?

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

15 Did not the One who made me in the womb also make them? Did not the same God form us both in the womb?

15 The one who made me in the womb made them, too, didn't he? Didn't the same one prepare each of us in the womb?"

16 "If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

16 "If I have kept the poor from their desire, Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

16 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;

16 If I have refused the wishes of the poor or let the widow's eyes go blind,

16 "If I refused to grant the desire of the poor or exhausted the eyes of the widow,

17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it

17 Or have eaten my morsel alone, And the orphan has not shared it

17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof;

17 if I have eaten my few crumbs alone without letting the fatherless eat any of it-

17 if I ate my meals by myself without feeding orphans,

18 (no, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, her have I guided from my mother's womb);

18 (But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, And from infancy I guided her),

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

18 for from my youth, I raised him as [his] father, and since the day I was born I guided the widow-

18 (even a poor man had grown up with me as if I were his father, and even though I had guided the widow from the time I was born),

19 if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or that the needy had no covering;

19 If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing, Or that the needy had no covering,

19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering;

19 if I have seen anyone dying for lack of clothing or a needy person without a cloak,

19 if I've observed someone who is about to die for lack of clothes or if I have no clothing to give to the poor,

20 if his heart hasn't blessed me, if he hasn't been warmed with my sheep's fleece;

20 If his loins have not thanked me, And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

20 If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;

20 if he did not bless me while warming himself with the fleece from my sheep,

20 if he hadn't thanked me from the bottom of his heart, if he had not been warmed by wool from my sheep,

21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate,

21 If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan, Because I saw I had support in the gate,

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

21 if I ever cast my vote against a fatherless child when I saw that I had support in the [city] gate,

21 if I've raised my hand against an orphan when I thought I would against him in court,

22 then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.

22 Let my shoulder fall from the socket, And my arm be broken off at the elbow.

22 Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

22 then let my shoulder blade fall from my back, and my arm be pulled from its socket.

22 then let my arm fall from its socket; and may my arm be torn off at the shoulder.

23 For calamity from God is a terror to me. Because his majesty, I can do nothing.

23 "For calamity from God is a terror to me, And because of His majesty I can do nothing.

23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

23 For disaster from God terrifies me, and because of His majesty I could not do [these things].

23 For I'm terrified of what calamity God may have in store for me; and I cannot endure his grandeur."

24 "If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold, 'You are my confidence;'

24 "If I have put my confidence in gold, And called fine gold my trust,

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

24 If I placed my confidence in gold or called fine gold my trust,

24 "If I've put my confidence in gold, if I've told gold, "You're my security,'

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

25 If I have gloated because my wealth was great, And because my hand had secured so much;

25 If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much;

25 if I have rejoiced because my wealth is great or because my own hand has acquired [so] much,

25 if I've found joy in great wealth that I own, if I've earned a lot with my own hands,

26 if I have seen the sun when it shined, or the moon moving in splendor,

26 If I have looked at the sun when it shone Or the moon going in splendor,

26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;

26 if I have gazed at the sun when it was shining or at the moon moving in splendor,

26 if I look at the sun when it shines or the moon as it rises in steady splendor,

27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

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

27 so that my heart was secretly enticed and I threw them a kiss,

27 so that in the depths of my deceived heart I worshipped them with my mouth and hands,

28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have denied the God who is above.

28 That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment, For I would have denied God above.

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

28 this would also be a crime deserving punishment, for I would have denied God above.

28 this is also a sin that deserves to be judged, since I would have tried to deceive God above."

29 "If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him;

29 "Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy, Or exulted when evil befell him?

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

29 Have I rejoiced over my enemy's distress, or become excited when trouble came his way?

29 "Have I rejoiced in the destruction of those who hate me, or have I been happy that evil caught up with him?

30 (yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse);

30 "No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin By asking for his life in a curse.

30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

30 I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.

30 No, I haven't allowed my mouth to sin by asking for his life with a curse.

31 if the men of my tent have not said, 'Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?'

31 "Have the men of my tent not said, 'Who can find one who has not been satisfied with his meat'?

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

31 Haven't the members of my household said, "Who is there who has not had enough to eat at Job's table?"

31 People in my household have said, "We cannot find anyone who has not been satisfied with his meat,' haven't they?

32 (the foreigner has not lodged in the street, but I have opened my doors to the traveler);

32 "The alien has not lodged outside, For I have opened my doors to the traveler.

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

32 No stranger had to spend the night on the street, for I opened my door to the traveler.

32 No stranger ever spent the night in the street, because I opened my doors to travelers."

33 if like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my heart,

33 "Have I covered my transgressions like Adam, By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

33 Have I covered my transgressions as others do by hiding my guilt in my heart,

33 "Have I covered my transgression like other people, to conceal iniquity within myself?

34 because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and didn't go out of the door --

34 Because I feared the great multitude, And the contempt of families terrified me, And kept silent and did not go out of doors?

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

34 because I greatly feared the crowds, and the contempt of the clans terrified me, so I grew silent and would not go outside?

34 Have I feared large crowds? Has my family's contempt ever terrified me so that I remained silent and wouldn't go outside?"

35 oh that I had one to hear me! (behold, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me); let the accuser write my indictment!

35 "Oh that I had one to hear me! Behold, here is my signature; Let the Almighty answer me! And the indictment which my adversary has written,

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

35 If only I had someone to hear my [case]! Here is my signature; let the Almighty answer me. Let my Opponent compose [His] indictment.

35 "Who will grant me a hearing? Here's my signature let the Almighty answer! Since my adversary indicted me,

36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; and I would bind it to me as a crown.

36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, I would bind it to myself like a crown.

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

36 I would surely carry it on my shoulder and wear it like a crown.

36 I'll wear it on my shoulder, or tie it on my head for a crown!

37 I would declare to him the number of my steps. as a prince would I go near to him.

37 "I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.

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

37 I would give Him an account of all my steps; I would approach Him like a prince.

37 I'll give an account for every step I've taken; I'll approach him confidently like a Commander-in-Chief."

38 If my land cries out against me, and its furrows weep together;

38 "If my land cries out against me, And its furrows weep together;

38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

38 If my land cries out against me and its furrows join in weeping,

38 "If my land were to cry out against me or if all its furrows wept as one,

39 if I have eaten its fruits without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life,

39 If I have eaten its fruit without money, Or have caused its owners to lose their lives,

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

39 if I have consumed its produce without payment or shown contempt for its tenants,

39 If I've consumed its produce without paying for it and snuffed out the life of its owners;

40 let briars grow instead of wheat, and stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

40 Let briars grow instead of wheat, And stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.

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

40 then let thorns grow instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. The words of Job are concluded.

40 may thorns spring up instead of wheat, and obnoxious weeds instead of barley." With this, Job's discourse with his friends is completed.

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