1 I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a maid?
2 For what reward would God [give me] from above and [what] inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
3 Is there no destruction for the wicked? And banishment for the workers of iniquity?
4 Does he not see my ways and count all my steps?
5 If I have walked with falsehood or if my foot has hastened to deceit,
6 let me be weighed in a just balance, that God may know my integrity.
7 If my step has turned out of the way and my heart walked after my eyes and if any blot has cleaved to my hands,
8 [then] let me sow, and let another eat, and let my offspring be rooted out.
9 If my heart has been deceived regarding a woman, or [if] I have laid in wait at my neighbour's door,
10 [then] let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down upon her.
11 For this is lewdness and iniquity that is proven.
12 For it [is] a fire [that] consumes unto Sheol and would root out all my increase.
13 If I had despised the right of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;
14 what then would I do when God rises up? And when he visits, what would I answer him?
15 Did not he that made me in the belly [also] make him? And did not [the same] one fashion us in the womb?
16 If I have disturbed the desire of the poor or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17 or have eaten my morsel alone and the fatherless has not eaten thereof;
18 (for from my youth the [fatherless] was brought up with me, as [with] a father, and I have guided the [widow] from my mother's womb)
19 if I have seen any perish for want of clothing or any needy without [a] covering;
20 if his loins have not blessed me and [if] he were [not] warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, even when I saw that they would all help me in the gate;
22 [then] let my back fall from my shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from its joint.
23 For I feared destruction [from] God, against whose highness I could have no power.
24 If I have made gold my hope or have said to the fine gold, [Thou art] my confidence;
25 if I rejoiced because my wealth [was] being multiplied, and because my hand had gotten much;
26 if I beheld the sun when it shone or the moon walking [in] beauty;
27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my mouth kissed my hand;
28 this would also be a proven iniquity; for I should have denied the God that is sovereign.
29 If I rejoiced at the destruction of the one that hated me or lifted up myself when evil found him;
30 for I have never even suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse upon his soul;
31 when the servants of my tent said, Oh that we had of his flesh! We would never be satisfied.
32 The stranger did not lodge in the street, [but] I opened my doors to the traveller.
33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom;
34 if I feared a great multitude or did the contempt of families terrify me, that I kept silence, [and] did not go out of the door?
35 Oh that someone would hear me! Behold, my mark [is], [that] the Almighty will testify for me, even though my adversary had written down the charges.
36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder [and] bind it [as] a crown to me.
37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince I would go near unto him.
38 If my land cries against me and all its furrows likewise complain;
39 if I ate of its strength without money or have afflicted the soul of its owners;
40 let thistles grow up unto me instead of wheat and stinkweed instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.: