1: "I made 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 even balance, that God may know my integrity);
7: if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,
8: then let me sow, and let another eat. Yes, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
9: "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have laid wait at my neighbor's door,
10: then let my wife grind for another, and let others sleep with 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 shall I do when God rises up? When he visits, what shall 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 want 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 me); 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 prince 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 fruits without money, 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.