- I made an agreement with my eyes;
how then might my eyes be looking on a virgin?
- For what is God's reward from on high, or the heritage given by the Ruler of all from heaven?
- Is it not trouble for the sinner, and destruction for the evil-doers?
- Does he not see my ways, and are not my steps all numbered?
- If I have gone in false ways, or my foot has been quick in working deceit;
- (Let me be measured in upright scales, and let God see my righteousness:)
- If my steps have been turned out of the way, or if my heart went after my eyes, or if the property of another is in my hands;
- Let me put seed in the earth for another to have the fruit of it, and let my produce be uprooted.
- If my heart went after another man's wife, or if I was waiting secretly at my neighbour's door;
- Then let my wife give pleasure to another man and let others make use of her body.
- For that would be a crime;
it would be an act for which punishment would be measured out by the judges:
- It would be a fire burning even to destruction, and taking away all my produce.
- If I did wrong in the cause of my man-servant, or my woman-servant, when they went to law with me;
- What then will I do when God comes as my judge?
and what answer may I give to his questions?
- Did not God make him as well as me?
did he not give us life in our mothers' bodies?
- If I kept back the desire of the poor;
if the widow's eye was looking for help to no purpose;
- If I kept my food for myself, and did not give some of it to the child with no father;
- (For I was cared for by God as by a father from my earliest days;
he was my guide from the body of my mother;)
- If I saw one near to death for need of clothing, and that the poor had nothing covering him;
- If his back did not give me a blessing, and the wool of my sheep did not make him warm;
- If my hand had been lifted up against him who had done no wrong, when I saw that I was supported by the judges;
- May my arm be pulled from my body, and be broken from its base.
- For the fear of God kept me back, and because of his power I might not do such things.
- If I made gold my hope, or if I ever said to the best gold, I have put my faith in you;
- If I was glad because my wealth was great, and because my hand had got together a great store;
- If, when I saw the sun shining, and the moon moving on its bright way,
- A secret feeling of worship came into my heart, and my hand gave kisses from my mouth;
- That would have been another sin to be rewarded with punishment by the judges;
for I would have been false to God on high.
- If I was glad at the trouble of my hater, and gave cries of joy when evil overtook him;
- (For I did not let my mouth give way to sin, in putting a curse on his life;)
- If the men of my tent did not say, Who has not had full measure of his meat?
- The traveller did not take his night's rest in the street, and my doors were open to anyone on a journey;
- If I kept my evil doings covered, and my sin in the secret of my breast,
- For fear of the great body of people, or for fear that families might make sport of me, so that I kept quiet, and did not go out of my door;
- If only God would give ear to me, and the Ruler of all would give me an answer!
or if what he has against me had been put in writing!
- Truly I would take up the book in my hands;
it would be to me as a crown;
- I would make clear the number of my steps, I would put it before him like a prince!
The words of Job are ended.
- If my land has made an outcry against me, or the ploughed earth has been in sorrow;
- If I have taken its produce without payment, causing the death of its owners;
- Then in place of grain let thorns come up, and in place of barley evil-smelling plants.