I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the
Almighty from on high?
Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers
Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
If I have walked with vanity, or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.
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;
Then let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.
Job finishes his parable, by saying,
Since I made an agreement with my eyes, why should I desire a woman?
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my
If I've fallen for another woman,
Then let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.
For this is an heinous crime; yea, it is an iniquity to be punished by the
For it is a fire that consumeth to destruction, and would root out all
Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down on her.
If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when
they contended with me;
What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall
I answer him?
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us
in the womb?
If I ignored the complaints of my servants,
If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of
the widow to fail;
or ignored the needs of the poor,
or blinded widows,
Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten
(For from my youth he was brought up with me, as with a father, and I have
guided her from my mother's womb;)
or not shared my food with the fatherless,
If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without
If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the
fleece of my sheep;
If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in
or didn't clothe the poor with the fleece of my sheep,
Then let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from
For destruction from God was a terror to me, and by reason of his highness
I could not endure.
then let my arm be broken off from my shoulder.
If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my
If I put my hope in gold,
If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because mine hand had gotten
or rejoiced in my wealth,
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
or saw the sun when it shined,
or the moon when it was bright,
And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have
denied the God that is above.
then I deserve to be punished by God.
If I rejoice at the destruction of him that hated me, or lifted up myself
when evil found him:
If I rejoiced when a person who hated me was destroyed,
Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
or wanted to curse his soul,
If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we
cannot be satisfied.
The stranger did not lodge in the street: but I opened my doors to the
or didn't take in travelers,
If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my
or hid my iniquity in my bosom,
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?
Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire is, that the Almighty would
answer me, and that mine adversary had written a book.
Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind it as a crown to me.
I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go
near unto him.
If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;
or stayed silent from fear of what others would say,
If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the
owners thereof to lose their life:
or eaten fruits without paying for them,
or caused others to lose their life,
Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The
words of Job are ended.
Then let thistles grow instead of wheat,
and cockle instead of barley.
And with that, Job (finally) stopped talking.