- I made a couenaunt with myne eyes: why then should I loke vpon a mayden?
- For how great a portion shall I haue of God?
and what inheritaunce from the almightie on hye?
- Is not destruction to the wicked?
and straunge punishement to the workers of iniquitie?
- Doth not he see my wayes, and tell all my goynges?
- If I haue walked in vanitie, or if my feete haue runne to disceaue:
- Let me be wayed in an euen balaunce, that God may see myne innocencie.
- If my steppe hath turned out of the way, & myne heart walked after myne eyes, and if any blot haue cleaued to my handes:
- Then shall I sowe, and an other eate: yea my posteritie shalbe cleane rooted out.
- If my heart haue ben deceaued by a woman, or if I haue layde wayte at my neyghbours doore:
- Then let my wife grinde vnto an other man, and let other men lye with her.
- For this is a wickednesse, and sinne that is worthy to be punished:
- Yea a fire that vtterly should consume and roote out all my increase.
- If I euer thought scorne to do right vnto my seruauntes & maydens, when they had any matter against me:
- When God will sit in iudgement, what shall I do?
& when he will visite me, what aunswere shal I geue him?
- He that fashioned me in my mothers wombe, made he not him also?
were we not both shapen a like in our mothers bodies?
- If I denied the poore of their desire, or haue caused the eyes of the wydow to wayte in vayne:
- If I haue eaten my morsell alone, that ye fatherlesse hath not eaten therof:
- (For from my youth it hath growen vp with me as with a father, and from my mothers wombe I haue ben guyde to the [wydowe])
- If I haue seene any perishe for want of clothing, or any poore for lake of rayment:
- If his loynes haue not blessed me, because he was warmed with the fleece of my sheepe:
- If I haue lift vp mine hand against the fatherlesse, when I sawe that I might helpe him in the gate:
- Then let myne arme fall fro my shoulder, and myne arme holes be broken from the bone.
- For I haue euer feared the vengeaunce and punishment of God, and [knewe very well that] I was not able to beare his burthen.
- Haue I put my trust in golde?
or haue I sayde to the wedge of golde, thou art my confidence?
- Haue I reioyced because my power was great, and because my hande gat so much?
- Dyd I euer greatly regarde the rysing of the sunne?
or had I the goyng downe of the moone in great reputation?
- Hath my heart medled priuyly with any disceite?
or did I euer kisse myne owne hande?
- (That were a wickednesse worthy to be punished: for then shoulde I haue denyed the God that is aboue.)
- Haue I euer reioyced at the hurt of myne enemie?
or was I euer glad that any harme happened vnto him?
- I neuer suffred my mouth to sinne, by wishing a curse to his soule.
- Dyd not the men of myne owne housholde say, Who shall let vs to haue our belly full of his fleshe?
- The straunger dyd not lodge in the streete, but I opened my doores vnto him that went by the way.
- Haue I kept secrete my sinne, and hyd myne iniquitie, as Adam dyd?
- Though I coulde haue made afeard a great multitude, yet the most contemptible of the families dyd feare me: so I kept scilence, and went not out of the doore.
- O that I had one which woulde heare me: beholde my signe in the whiche the almightie shal aunswere for me, though he that is my contrarie partie hath written a booke against me.
- Yet will I take it vpon my shoulder, & as a garlande binde it about my head.
- I will tell hym the number of my goinges, & go vnto him as to a prince.
- But if case be that my lande crye against me, or that the forowes thereof make any complaynt:
- If I haue eaten the fruites therof vnpayed for, yea if I haue greeued the soules of the maisters therof:
- Then let thystles growe in steede of my wheate, and cockle for my barlye.