Job’s Final Appeal

Job 31:1  I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? 

Job 31:2  For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? 

Job 31:3  Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? 

Job 31:4  Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? 

Job 31:5  If I have walked with vanity, or if 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 mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to mine hands; 

Job 31:8  Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out. 

Job 31:9  If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour’s door; 

Job 31:10  Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her. 

Job 31:11  For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges. 

Job 31:12  For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase. 

Job 31:13  If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, 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 myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; 

Job 31:18  (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have guided her from my mother’s womb;) 

Job 31:19  If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; 

Job 31:20  If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; 

Job 31:21  If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate: 

Job 31:22  Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone. 

Job 31:23  For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure. 

Job 31:24  If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence; 

Job 31:25  If I rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten much; 

Job 31:26  If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; 

Job 31:27  And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand: 

Job 31:28  This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above. 

Job 31:29  If I rejoiced at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him: 

Job 31:30  Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. 

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

Job 31:32  The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the traveller. 

Job 31:33  If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom: 

Job 31:34  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? 

Job 31:35  Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book. 

Job 31:36  Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me. 

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 cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain; 

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.