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And if my soul grieved not for the needy.
26Yet, when I looked for good, there came evil;
And when I waited for light, there came darkness.
27Mine inwards boil, and rest not;
Days of affliction are come upon me.
28I go mourning without the sun;
I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
29I am become a brother to jackals,
And a companion to ostriches.
30My skin is black, and falleth from me,
And my bones are burned with heat.
31Therefore is my harp turned to mourning,
And my pipe into the voice of them that weep.
31 I made a covenant with mine eyes;
How then should I look upon a maid?
2For what would be the portion of God from above,
And the heritage of the Almighty from on high?
3Is it not calamity to the unrighteous,
And disaster to the workers of iniquity?
4Doth not He see my ways,
And count all my steps?
5If I have walked with vanity,
And my foot hath hasted to deceit—
6Let me be weighed in a just balance,
That God may know mine integrity—
7If my step hath turned out of the way,
And my heart walked after mine eyes,
And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands;
8Then let me sow, and let another eat;
Yea, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
9If my heart have been enticed unto a woman,
And I have lain in wait at my neighbour's door;
10Then let my wife grind unto another,
And let others bow down upon her.
11For that were a heinous crime;
Yea, it were an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
12For it is a fire that consumeth unto destruction,
And would root out all mine increase.
13If I did despise the cause of my man-servant,
Or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me—
14What then shall I do when God riseth up?
And when He remembereth, what shall I answer Him?
15Did not He that made me in the womb make him?
And did not One fashion us in the womb?
16If I have withheld aught that the poor desired,
Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17Or have eaten my morsel myself alone,
And the fatherless hath not eaten thereof—
18Nay, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
And I have been her guide from my mother's womb.