31ל״א
1 א

בְּ֭רִית כָּרַ֣תִּי לְעֵינָ֑י וּמָ֥ה אֶ֝תְבּוֹנֵ֗ן עַל־בְּתוּלָֽה׃

I have covenanted with my eyes Not to gaze on a maiden.

2 ב

וּמֶ֤ה ׀ חֵ֣לֶק אֱל֣וֹהַּ מִמָּ֑עַל וְֽנַחֲלַ֥ת שַׁ֝דַּ֗י מִמְּרֹמִֽים׃

What fate is decreed by God above? What lot, by Shaddai in the heights?

3 ג

הֲלֹא־אֵ֥יד לְעַוָּ֑ל וְ֝נֵ֗כֶר לְפֹ֣עֲלֵי אָֽוֶן׃

Calamity is surely for the iniquitous; Misfortune, for the worker of mischief.

4 ד

הֲלֹא־ה֭וּא יִרְאֶ֣ה דְרָכָ֑י וְֽכָל־צְעָדַ֥י יִסְפּֽוֹר׃

Surely He observes my ways, Takes account of my every step.

5 ה

אִם־הָלַ֥כְתִּי עִם־שָׁ֑וְא וַתַּ֖חַשׁ עַל־מִרְמָ֣ה רַגְלִֽי׃

Have I walked with worthless men, Or my feet hurried to deceit?

6 ו

יִשְׁקְלֵ֥נִי בְמֹאזְנֵי־צֶ֑דֶק וְיֵדַ֥ע אֱ֝ל֗וֹהַּ תֻּמָּתִֽי׃

Let Him weigh me on the scale of righteousness; Let God ascertain my integrity.

7 ז

אִ֥ם תִּטֶּ֣ה אַשֻּׁרִי֮ מִנִּ֪י הַ֫דָּ֥רֶךְ וְאַחַ֣ר עֵ֭ינַי הָלַ֣ךְ לִבִּ֑י וּ֝בְכַפַּ֗י דָּ֣בַק מֻאֽוּם׃ (פ)

If my feet have strayed from their course, My heart followed after my eyes, And a stain sullied my hands,

8 ח

אֶ֭זְרְעָה וְאַחֵ֣ר יֹאכֵ֑ל וְֽצֶאֱצָאַ֥י יְשֹׁרָֽשׁוּ׃

May I sow, but another reap, May the growth of my field be uprooted!

9 ט

אִם־נִפְתָּ֣ה לִ֭בִּי עַל־אִשָּׁ֑ה וְעַל־פֶּ֖תַח רֵעִ֣י אָרָֽבְתִּי׃

If my heart was ravished by the wife of my neighbor, And I lay in wait at his door,

10 י

תִּטְחַ֣ן לְאַחֵ֣ר אִשְׁתִּ֑י וְ֝עָלֶ֗יהָ יִכְרְע֥וּן אֲחֵרִֽין׃

May my wife grind for another, May others kneel over her!

11 יא

כִּי־הוא [הִ֥יא] זִמָּ֑ה והיא [וְ֝ה֗וּא] עָוֺ֥ן פְּלִילִֽים׃

For that would have been debauchery, A criminal offense,

12 יב

כִּ֤י אֵ֣שׁ הִ֭יא עַד־אֲבַדּ֣וֹן תֹּאכֵ֑ל וּֽבְכָל־תְּב֖וּאָתִ֣י תְשָׁרֵֽשׁ׃

A fire burning down to Abaddon, Consuming the roots of all my increase.

13 יג

אִם־אֶמְאַ֗ס מִשְׁפַּ֣ט עַ֭בְדִּי וַאֲמָתִ֑י בְּ֝רִבָ֗ם עִמָּדִֽי׃

Did I ever brush aside the case of my servants, man or maid, When they made a complaint against me?

14 יד

וּמָ֣ה אֶֽ֭עֱשֶׂה כִּֽי־יָק֣וּם אֵ֑ל וְכִֽי־יִ֝פְקֹ֗ד מָ֣ה אֲשִׁיבֶֽנּוּ׃

What then should I do when God arises; When He calls me to account, what should I answer Him?

15 טו

הֲ‍ֽ֝לֹא־בַ֭בֶּטֶן עֹשֵׂ֣נִי עָשָׂ֑הוּ וַ֝יְכֻנֶ֗נּוּ בָּרֶ֥חֶם אֶחָֽד׃

Did not He who made me in my mother’s belly make him? Did not One form us both in the womb?

16 טז

אִם־אֶ֭מְנַע מֵחֵ֣פֶץ דַּלִּ֑ים וְעֵינֵ֖י אַלְמָנָ֣ה אֲכַלֶּֽה׃

Did I deny the poor their needs, Or let a widow pine away,

17 יז

וְאֹכַ֣ל פִּתִּ֣י לְבַדִּ֑י וְלֹא־אָכַ֖ל יָת֣וֹם מִמֶּֽנָּה׃

By eating my food alone, The fatherless not eating of it also?

18 יח

כִּ֣י מִ֭נְּעוּרַי גְּדֵלַ֣נִי כְאָ֑ב וּמִבֶּ֖טֶן אִמִּ֣י אַנְחֶֽנָּה׃

Why, from my youth he grew up with me as though I were his father; Since I left my mother’s womb I was her guide.

19 יט

אִם־אֶרְאֶ֣ה א֭וֹבֵד מִבְּלִ֣י לְב֑וּשׁ וְאֵ֥ין כְּ֝ס֗וּת לָאֶבְיֽוֹן׃

I never saw an unclad wretch, A needy man without clothing,

20 כ

אִם־לֹ֣א בֵרֲכ֣וּנִי חלצו [חֲלָצָ֑יו] וּמִגֵּ֥ז כְּ֝בָשַׂי יִתְחַמָּֽם׃

Whose loins did not bless me As he warmed himself with the shearings of my sheep.

21 כא

אִם־הֲנִיפ֣וֹתִי עַל־יָת֣וֹם יָדִ֑י כִּֽי־אֶרְאֶ֥ה בַ֝שַּׁ֗עַר עֶזְרָתִֽי׃

If I raised my hand against the fatherless, Looking to my supporters in the gate,

22 כב

כְּ֭תֵפִי מִשִּׁכְמָ֣ה תִפּ֑וֹל וְ֝אֶזְרֹעִ֗י מִקָּנָ֥ה תִשָּׁבֵֽר׃

May my arm drop off my shoulder; My forearm break off at the elbow.

23 כג

כִּ֤י פַ֣חַד אֵ֭לַי אֵ֣יד אֵ֑ל וּ֝מִשְּׂאֵת֗וֹ לֹ֣א אוּכָֽל׃

For I am in dread of God-sent calamity; I cannot bear His threat.

24 כד

אִם־שַׂ֣מְתִּי זָהָ֣ב כִּסְלִ֑י וְ֝לַכֶּ֗תֶם אָמַ֥רְתִּי מִבְטַחִֽי׃

Did I put my reliance on gold, Or regard fine gold as my bulwark?

25 כה

אִם־אֶ֭שְׂמַח כִּי־רַ֣ב חֵילִ֑י וְכִֽי־כַ֝בִּ֗יר מָצְאָ֥ה יָדִֽי׃

Did I rejoice in my great wealth, In having attained plenty?

26 כו

אִם־אֶרְאֶ֣ה א֖וֹר כִּ֣י יָהֵ֑ל וְ֝יָרֵ֗חַ יָקָ֥ר הֹלֵֽךְ׃

If ever I saw the light shining, The moon on its course in full glory,

27 כז

וַיִּ֣פְתְּ בַּסֵּ֣תֶר לִבִּ֑י וַתִּשַּׁ֖ק יָדִ֣י לְפִֽי׃

And I secretly succumbed, And my hand touched my mouth in a kiss,

28 כח

גַּם־ה֭וּא עָוֺ֣ן פְּלִילִ֑י כִּֽי־כִחַ֖שְׁתִּי לָאֵ֣ל מִמָּֽעַל׃

That, too, would have been a criminal offense, For I would have denied God above.

29 כט

אִם־אֶ֭שְׂמַח בְּפִ֣יד מְשַׂנְאִ֑י וְ֝הִתְעֹרַ֗רְתִּי כִּֽי־מְצָ֥אוֹ רָֽע׃

Did I rejoice over my enemy’s misfortune? Did I thrill because evil befell him?

30 ל

וְלֹא־נָתַ֣תִּי לַחֲטֹ֣א חִכִּ֑י לִשְׁאֹ֖ל בְּאָלָ֣ה נַפְשֽׁוֹ׃

I never let my mouth sin By wishing his death in a curse.

31 לא

אִם־לֹ֣א אָ֭מְרוּ מְתֵ֣י אָהֳלִ֑י מִֽי־יִתֵּ֥ן מִ֝בְּשָׂר֗וֹ לֹ֣א נִשְׂבָּֽע׃

(Indeed, the men of my clan said, “We would consume his flesh insatiably!”)

32 לב

בַּ֭חוּץ לֹא־יָלִ֣ין גֵּ֑ר דְּ֝לָתַ֗י לָאֹ֥רַח אֶפְתָּֽח׃

No sojourner spent the night in the open; I opened my doors to the road.

33 לג

אִם־כִּסִּ֣יתִי כְאָדָ֣ם פְּשָׁעָ֑י לִטְמ֖וֹן בְּחֻבִּ֣י עֲוֺֽנִי׃

Did I hide my transgressions like Adam, Bury my wrongdoing in my bosom,

34 לד

כִּ֤י אֶֽעֱר֨וֹץ ׀ הָ֘מ֤וֹן רַבָּ֗ה וּבוּז־מִשְׁפָּח֥וֹת יְחִתֵּ֑נִי וָ֝אֶדֹּ֗ם לֹא־אֵ֥צֵא פָֽתַח׃

That I should [now] fear the great multitude, And am shattered by the contempt of families, So that I keep silent and do not step outdoors?

35 לה

מִ֤י יִתֶּן־לִ֨י ׀ שֹׁ֘מֵ֤עַֽ לִ֗י הֶן־תָּ֭וִי שַׁדַּ֣י יַעֲנֵ֑נִי וְסֵ֥פֶר כָּ֝תַ֗ב אִ֣ישׁ רִיבִֽי׃

O that I had someone to give me a hearing; O that Shaddai would reply to my writ, Or my accuser draw up a true bill!

36 לו

אִם־לֹ֣א עַל־שִׁ֭כְמִי אֶשָּׂאֶ֑נּוּ אֶֽעֶנְדֶ֖נּוּ עֲטָר֣וֹת לִֽי׃

I would carry it on my shoulder; Tie it around me for a wreath.

37 לז

מִסְפַּ֣ר צְ֭עָדַי אַגִּידֶ֑נּוּ כְּמוֹ־נָ֝גִ֗יד אֲקָרֲבֶֽנּוּ׃

I would give him an account of my steps, Offer it as to a commander.

38 לח

אִם־עָ֭לַי אַדְמָתִ֣י תִזְעָ֑ק וְ֝יַ֗חַד תְּלָמֶ֥יהָ יִבְכָּיֽוּן׃

If my land cries out against me, Its furrows weep together;

39 לט

אִם־כֹּ֭חָהּ אָכַ֣לְתִּי בְלִי־כָ֑סֶף וְנֶ֖פֶשׁ בְּעָלֶ֣יהָ הִפָּֽחְתִּי׃

If I have eaten its produce without payment, And made its [rightful] owners despair,

40 מ

תַּ֤חַת חִטָּ֨ה ׀ יֵ֥צֵא ח֗וֹחַ וְתַֽחַת־שְׂעֹרָ֥ה בָאְשָׁ֑ה תַּ֝֗מּוּ דִּבְרֵ֥י אִיּֽוֹב׃ (פ)

May nettles grow there instead of wheat; Instead of barley, stinkweed! The words of Job are at an end.