|Job 31 |
1 [Job still speaking] I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look with lust upon a young woman?1
2 [If I did so] what portion of God could I expect from above, or what inheritance from the Almighty from on high?
3 Does not destruction come to the wicked, and disaster to the workers of iniquity?
4 Does he not see my ways, and count all my steps?2
5 If I have walked with falsehood, or if my foot has hastened 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 God's way, or if my heart has walked after what my eyes see,3 or if I have soiled my hands in works of evil;
8 Then let me sow, and let another eat; yes, let my crops be pulled up by the roots.
9 If my heart has been foolishly deceived by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door [lusting for his wife];
10 Then let my wife grind to another, and let others bow down upon her.
11 For adultery is an heinous crime; yes, it is an iniquity to be punished by the judges.
12 For lust is a fire that consumes to destruction,4 and would root out all my spiritual gain.
13 If I have despised and rejected the cause of my manservant or my maidservant, when they have appealed to me;
14 Then what should I do when God appears to judge me? And when he calls me to account, what shall I answer him?
15 Did not he who made me in the womb also make him? Did not one fashion us both in the womb?
16 If I have withheld the poor from their needs, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail;
17 Or have eaten my morsel myself alone, while the fatherless has not eaten;
18 (But from my youth the fatherless was brought up with me as with a father, and I have guided the widow from my mother's womb;)
19 If I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor person without covering;
20 If his body has not blessed me for being covered, and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;
21 If I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate [when I knew the Judge would be my help];
22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder blade, let my arm be broken from the bone.
23 For destruction from God was a terror to me, and because of his majesty I could not endure to do nothing.
24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, 'You are my confidence;'
25 If I rejoice because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;
26 If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness;
27 And my heart had been secretly enticed [to worship them], or my mouth had kissed my hand [in a sign of worship]:
28 This also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judge for I would have denied the God who is above.
29 I have not rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or celebrated when evil has found him;
30 Neither have I allowed my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.
31 Have not the men of my tabernacle said, 'Who can be found who has not eaten food he [Job] gives for their fullness.'
32 The stranger did not lodge in the street; instead I opened my doors to the traveler.
33 If I have covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding my iniquity in my bosom,
34 Because I feared the great multitude, and was terrified of the contempt of families, so that I kept silence and did go out of the door?
35 Oh that one would hear me! Behold, my desire is that the Almighty would answer me, and that my adversary had written a book of his accusations.
36 Surely I would take it upon my shoulder, and bind the scroll on me like a turban.
37 I would declare to him the number of each of my steps; like a prince would I go near him.
38 If my land cries against me, or its furrows have likewise complained;
39 If I have eaten the fruits of it without payment, or have caused its owners it to lose their life:
40 Let thistles grow instead of wheat, and weeds instead of barley. The words of Job are ended."
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1 I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I look with lust upon a young woman? Notice! This exceeds the Law of Moses. Just as Jesus came to tell us: But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman with lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if your right eye offends you, pluck it out, and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your body parts should perish, rather than your whole body should be cast into hell. Mst 5:28-29. Notice, just after Jesus tells us that looking at a woman with lust for her is committing adultery in our hearts, Jesus then tells us if our right eye offends us to pluck it out. This is how serious sexual lust is. So here is a man, living before Abraham and Moses, who lived according to the moral law that Jesus taught thousands of years later; which teaching is generally totally ignored by Christendom. Here is a man without scriptures, confessing a fine point of Christian moral law.
2 Job knows that God sees everything we do, he hears every word we speak, he remembers every thought we have ever had. Make no mistake. The Father and the Lord Jesus know us far better than we know ourselves. Jesus said: But I say to you, For every idle word which men speak, they will give an account of the same in the day of judgment. Mat 12:36.
3 If my step has turned out of God's way, Job is speaking about walking according to the direction of God, according to the prompting of God; not as man normally walks, according to his mind's plans, according to what he sees and thinks best. Unless we are restored to the spiritual image of God, we are groping in the dark, trying to make the least evil decision we see before us. Job was far advanced beyond any in Christendom, which is hardly surprising because God called Job a perfect, upright man. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," when you turn to the right hand, or when you turn to the left. Isa 30:31.
if my heart has walked after what my eyes see. Job is describing lust of the eye being the moving force in a person's life; specifically the lust for things, the lust for something new and different, the lust for something that looks cool, the lust for the beautiful, the lust for rarity. For all that is in the world: the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16. The Lord told George Fox that the godless young pursue vanity, (the vanity of their beauty and strength), while the godless old pursue possessions and wealth.
4 For lust is a fire that consumes to destruction. When was the last time you heard a preacher tell you that adultery will lead to your complete spiritual poverty? When was the last time you heard a preacher tell you that lust was a consuming fire to the Holy Spirit within you? To burn with lust is referred to by Paul: it is better to marry than to burn with passion [in lust], 1 Cor 7:9; and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, Rom 1:27. And Jesus said: But I say to you that whoever looks on a woman with lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if your right eye offends you, pluck it out, and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your body parts should perish, rather than your whole body should be cast into hell. Mst 5:28-29. Notice, just after he tells us that looking at a woman with lust for her is committing adultery in our hearts, he then tells us if our right eye offends us to pluck it out. This is how serious sexual lust is. Now remember what Job just said: for lust is a fire that consumes to destruction. Are you beginning to see how spiritually advanced Job was? From the word of the Lord within: "When you burn, I burn within you."
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