1 “I made a covenant with my eyes
not to look with lust at a young woman.
What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high?
and misfortune for those who do evil?
and every step I take?
or deceived anyone?
for he knows my integrity.
or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen,
or if I am guilty of any other sin,
Let all that I have planted be uprooted.
or if I have lusted for my neighbor’s wife,
let other men sleep with her.
a crime that should be punished.
It would wipe out everything I own.
when they brought their complaints to me,
What could I say when he questioned me?
He created us both in the womb.
or crushed the hopes of widows?
and refused to share it with orphans?
and all my life I have cared for widows.
and the needy with nothing to wear,
for providing wool clothing to keep them warm?
knowing the judges would take my side,
Let my arm be torn from its socket!
For if the majesty of God opposes me, what hope is there?
or felt secure because of my gold?
and all that I own?
or the moon walking down its silver pathway,
to throw kisses at them in worship?
for it would mean I had denied the God of heaven.
or become excited when harm came their way?
or by asking for revenge.
‘He let others go hungry.’
but have opened my doors to everyone.
concealing my guilt in my heart?
or the contempt of the masses,
so that I kept quiet and stayed indoors?
Look, I will sign my name to my defense.
Let the Almighty answer me.
Let my accuser write out the charges against me.
I would wear it like a crown.
I would come before him like a prince.
and all its furrows cry out together,
or murdered its owners,
and weeds instead of barley.”
Job’s words are ended.
Job, 31 chapter. New Living Translation.