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1 I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

2 For what portion should I haue of God from aboue? and what inheritance of the Almightie from on hie?

3 [Is] not destruction to the wicked? and a strange [punishment] to the workers of iniquity?

4 Doeth not he beholde my wayes and tell all my steps?

5 If I haue walked in vanitie, or if my foote hath made haste to deceite,

6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.

7 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;

8 [Then] let me sow, and let another eat; yea, let my offspring be rooted out.

9 If mine heart hath bene deceiued by a woman, or if I haue layde wayte at the doore of my neighbour,

10 [Then] let my wife grind unto another, and let others bow down upon her.

11 For this is a wickednes, and iniquitie to bee condemned:

12 For it [is] a fire [that] consumeth to destruction, and would root out all mine increase.

13 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, when they contended with me;

14 What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him?

15 Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not 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 haue eaten my morsels alone, and the fatherles hath not eaten thereof,

18 (For from my youth he was brought up with me, as [with] a father, and I have guided her from my mother's womb;)

19 If I haue seene any perish for want of clothing, or any poore without couering,

20 If his loynes haue not blessed me, because he was warmed with the fleece of my sheepe,

21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate:

22 [Then] let mine arm fall from my shoulder blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.

23 For destruction [from] God [was] a terror to me, and by reason of his highness I could not endure.

24 If I made gold mine hope, or haue sayd to the wedge of golde, Thou art my confidence,

25 If I reioyced because my substance was great, or because mine hand had gotten much,

26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking [in] brightness;

27 And my heart hath been secretly enticed, or my mouth hath kissed my hand:

28 This also [were] an iniquity [to be punished by] the judge: for I should have denied the God [that is] above.

29 If I reioyced at his destruction that hated me, or was mooued to ioye when euill came vpon him,

30 Neither haue I suffred my mouth to sinne, by wishing a curse vnto his soule.

31 If the men of my tabernacle said not, Oh that we had of his flesh! we cannot be satisfied.

32 The stranger did not lodge in the streete, but I opened my doores vnto him, that went by the way.

33 If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:

34 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?

35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book.

36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, [and] bind it [as] a crown to me.

37 I would declare unto him the number of my steps; as a prince would I go near unto him.

38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

39 If I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life:

40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended.