Job's Final Appeal
1 “I cut a covenant with my eyes,
how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?
2 For what is the portion from God above
and the heritage from the Almighty on high?
3 Is it not calamity to the unrighteous
and disaster to the workers of iniquity?
4 Doesn’t he see my ways
and number all my steps?
5 “If I have walked with falsehood
and my foot has hurried to deceit
6 (let me be weighed in an honest balance,
that God may know my integrity),
7 “If my step has turned aside from the right way,
if my heart has walked after my eyes,
if any stain has stuck to my hands,
8 then let me sow and let another eat,
and let the produce of my field be rooted out.
9 “If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
or I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,
10 then let my wife grind for another,
and let others bow down upon her.
11 For that would be a heinous crime.
Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
12 For it is a fire that consumes to destruction,
and would root out all my increase.
13 “If I have despised the cause of my male servant
or of my female servant when they contended with me,
14 what then should I do when God rises up?
When he visits, what should I answer him?
15 Didn’t he who made me in the womb make him?
Didn’t one fashion us in the womb?
16 “If I have withheld the poor from their desire
or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail
17 or have eaten my morsel alone,
and the fatherless has not eaten of it
18 (no, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
her have I guided from my mother’s womb),
19 if I have seen any perish for lack of clothing,
or that the needy had no covering;
20 if his heart hasn’t blessed me,
if he hasn’t been warmed with my sheep’s fleece;
21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless
because I saw my help in the gate,
22 then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade
and my arm be broken from the bone.
23 For calamity from God is a terror to me.
Because his majesty, I can do nothing.
24 “If I have made gold my hope
and have said to the fine gold, ‘You are my confidence,’
25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great
and because my hand had gotten much;
26 if I have seen the sun when it shined
or the moon moving in splendor,
27 and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges;
for I should have denied the God who is above.
29 “If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me,
or lifted up myself when evil found him;
30 (yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin
by asking his life with a curse)
31 if the men of my tent have not said,
‘Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?’
32 (the foreigner has not lodged in the street,
but I have opened my doors to the traveler);
33 if like Adam I have covered my transgressions
by hiding my iniquity in my heart
34 because I feared the great multitude,
and the contempt of families terrified me,
so that I kept silence, and didn’t go out of the door–
35 “Oh that I had one to hear me!–
(behold, here is my signature,)
let the Almighty answer;
let the accuser write my indictment!
36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder
and I would bind it to me as a crown.
37 I would declare to him the number of my steps.
As a ruler would I go near to him.
38 “If my land cries out against me
and its furrows weep together,
39 if I have eaten its fruit without paying
or have caused its owners to lose their life,
40 let briars grow instead of wheat,
and stinkweed instead of barley.”
The words of Job are ended.