Job 29:1, 31:24-40
And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
"If I have made gold my trust,
or called fine gold my confidence;
if I have rejoiced because my wealth was great,
or because my hand had gotten much;
if I have looked at the sun when it shone,
or the moon moving in splendor,
and my heart has been secretly enticed,
and my mouth has kissed my hand;
this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges,
for I should have been false to God above.
"If I have rejoiced at the ruin of him that hated me,
or exulted when evil overtook him
(I have not let my mouth sin
by asking for his life with a curse);
if the men of my tent have not said,
’Who is there that has not been filled with his meat?’
(the sojourner has not lodged in the street;
I have opened my doors to the wayfarer);
if I have concealed my transgressions from men,
by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
because I stood in great fear of the multitude,
and the contempt of families terrified me,
so that I kept silence, and did not go out of doors --
Oh, that I had one to hear me!
(Here is my signature! let the Almighty answer me!)
Oh, that I had the indictment written by my adversary!
Surely I would carry it on my shoulder;
I would bind it on me as a crown;
I would give him an account of all my steps;
like a prince I would approach him.
"If my land has cried out against me,
and its furrows have wept together;
if I have eaten its yield without payment,
and caused the death of its owners;
let thorns grow instead of wheat,
and foul weeds instead of barley."
The words of Job are ended.