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Job 31:1–8

Job’s Final Appeal

31 “I have made a covenant with my beyes;

how then could I gaze at a virgin?

What would be cmy portion from God above

and cmy heritage from the Almighty on high?

Is not calamity for the unrighteous,

and disaster for the workers of iniquity?

dDoes not he see my ways

and enumber all my steps?

“If I have walked with falsehood

and my foot has hastened to deceit;

(Let me be fweighed in a just balance,

and let God know my integrity!)

if my step has turned aside from the way

and gmy heart has gone after my eyes,

and if any hspot has stuck to my hands,

then let me isow, and another eat,

and let what grows for me1 be rooted out.

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Job 31:1–8 — The New International Version (NIV)

“I made a covenant with my eyes

not to look lustfully at a young woman.

For what is our lot from God above,

our heritage from the Almighty on high?

Is it not ruin for the wicked,

disaster for those who do wrong?

Does he not see my ways

and count my every step?

“If I have walked with falsehood

or my foot has hurried after deceit—

let God weigh me in honest scales

and he will know that I am blameless—

if my steps have turned from the path,

if my heart has been led by my eyes,

or if my hands have been defiled,

then may others eat what I have sown,

and may my crops be uprooted.

Job 31:1–8 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

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 of iniquity?

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 31:1–8 — New Living Translation (NLT)

“I made a covenant with my eyes

not to look with lust at a young woman.

For what has God above chosen for us?

What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high?

Isn’t it calamity for the wicked

and misfortune for those who do evil?

Doesn’t he see everything I do

and every step I take?

“Have I lied to anyone

or deceived anyone?

Let God weigh me on the scales of justice,

for he knows my integrity.

If I have strayed from his pathway,

or if my heart has lusted for what my eyes have seen,

or if I am guilty of any other sin,

then let someone else eat the crops I have planted.

Let all that I have planted be uprooted.

Job 31:1–8 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

“I have made a covenant with my eyes;

Why then should I look upon a young woman?

For what is the allotment of God from above,

And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

Is it not destruction for the wicked,

And disaster for the workers of iniquity?

Does He not see my ways,

And count all my steps?

“If I have walked with falsehood,

Or if my foot has hastened to deceit,

Let me be weighed on honest scales,

That God may know my integrity.

If my step has turned from the way,

Or my heart walked after my eyes,

Or if any spot adheres to my hands,

Then let me sow, and another eat;

Yes, let my harvest be rooted out.

Job 31:1–8 — New Century Version (NCV)

“But I made an agreement with my eyes

not to look with desire at a girl.

What has God above promised for people?

What has the Almighty planned from on high?

It is ruin for evil people

and disaster for those who do wrong.

God sees my ways

and counts every step I take.

“If I have been dishonest

or lied to others,

then let God weigh me on honest scales.

Then he will know I have done nothing wrong.

If I have turned away from doing what is right,

or my heart has been led by my eyes to do wrong,

or my hands have been made unclean,

then let other people eat what I have planted,

and let my crops be plowed up.

Job 31:1–8 — American Standard Version (ASV)

I made a covenant with mine eyes;

How then should I look upon a virgin?

For what is the portion from God above,

And the heritage from the Almighty on high?

Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,

And disaster to the workers of iniquity?

Doth not he see my ways,

And number all my steps?

If I have walked with falsehood,

And 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 my heart walked after mine eyes,

And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:

Then let me sow, and let another eat;

Yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.

Job 31:1–8 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid? For what would have been my portion of †God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high? Is not calamity for the unrighteous? and misfortune for the workers of iniquity? Doth not he see my ways, and number all my steps? If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot hath hasted to deceit, (Let me be weighed in an even balance, and †God will take knowledge of my blamelessness;) If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands; Let me sow, and another eat; and let mine offspring be rooted out.

Job 31:1–8 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

“I have made an agreement with my eyes. 

Then how can I look with lust at a virgin? 

What would God above do ⸤to me⸥? 

What would be my inheritance from the Almighty on high? 

Aren’t there catastrophes for wicked people 

and disasters for those who do wrong? 

Doesn’t he see my ways 

and count all my steps? 

“If I have walked with lies 

or my feet have run after deception, 

⸤then⸥ let God weigh me on honest scales, 

and he will know I have integrity. 

“If my steps have left the ⸤proper⸥ path, 

or my heart has followed ⸤the desire of⸥ my eyes, 

or my hands are stained ⸤with sin⸥, 

⸤then⸥ let someone else eat what I have planted, 

and let my crops be uprooted. 

Job 31:1–8 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

I have made a covenant with my eyes.

How then could I look at a young woman?

For what portion would I have from God above,

or what inheritance from the Almighty on high?

Doesn’t disaster come to the unjust

and misfortune to evildoers?

Does He not see my ways

and number all my steps?

If I have walked in falsehood

or my foot has rushed to deceit,

let God weigh me in accurate scales,

and He will recognize my integrity.

If my step has turned from the way,

my heart has followed my eyes,

or impurity has stained my hands,

let someone else eat what I have sown,

and let my crops be uprooted.

Job 31:1–8 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

“I have made a covenant with my eyes;

how then could I look upon a virgin?

What would be my portion from God above,

and my heritage from the Almighty on high?

Does not calamity befall the unrighteous,

and disaster the workers of iniquity?

Does he not see my ways,

and number all my steps?

“If I have walked with falsehood,

and my foot has hurried to deceit—

let me be weighed in a just balance,

and let God know my integrity!—

if my step has turned aside from the way,

and my heart has followed my eyes,

and if any spot has clung to my hands;

then let me sow, and another eat;

and let what grows for me be rooted out.

Job 31:1–8 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

“I made a covenant with my eyes,

so how could I look closely upon a virgin?

And what is the portion of God from above

or the heritage of Shaddai from on high?

Is not disaster for the evil one

and ruin for the workers of mischief?

Does he not see my ways

and count all my steps?

“If I have walked with falseness,

and my foot has hastened to deceit,

let him weigh me in the balance of justice,

and let God know my blamelessness.

If my steps have turned aside from the way,

and my heart has walked after my eyes,

and my hand has clung to a spot,

let me sow, and let another eat,

and let my crops be rooted out.

Job 31:1–8 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

“I made an agreement with my eyes.

I promised not to look at another woman with sexual longing.

What do human beings receive from God above?

What do they get from the Mighty One in heaven?

Sinful people are destroyed.

Trouble comes to those who do what is wrong.

Doesn’t God see how I live?

Doesn’t he count every step I take?

“I haven’t told any lies.

My feet haven’t hurried to cheat others.

So let God weigh me in honest scales.

Then he’ll know I haven’t done anything wrong.

Suppose my steps have turned away from the right path.

Suppose my heart has longed for what my eyes have seen.

Or suppose my hands have become ‘unclean.’

Then may others eat what I’ve planted.

May my crops be pulled up by the roots.

Job 31:1–8 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

“I have made a covenant with my eyes;

How then could I gaze at a virgin?

“And what is the portion of God from above

Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

“Is it not calamity to the unjust

And disaster to those who work iniquity?

“Does He not see my ways

And number all my steps?

If I have walked with falsehood,

And my foot has hastened after deceit,

Let Him weigh me with accurate scales,

And let God know my integrity.

If my step has turned from the way,

Or my heart followed my eyes,

Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

Let me sow and another eat,

And let my crops be uprooted.


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