Job 31:1
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New International Version
"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.

New Living Translation
"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.

English Standard Version
“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?

New American Standard Bible
"I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?

King James Bible
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have made a covenant with my eyes. How then could I look at a young woman?

International Standard Version
"I made a covenant with my eyes; how, then, can I focus my attention on a virgin?

NET Bible
"I made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I entertain thoughts against a virgin?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I have made an agreement with my eyes. Then how can I look with lust at a virgin?

JPS Tanakh 1917
I made a covenant with mine eyes; How then should I look upon a maid?

New American Standard 1977
“I Have made a covenant with my eyes;
            How then could I gaze at a virgin?

Jubilee Bible 2000
I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a maid?

King James 2000 Bible
I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maiden?

American King James Version
I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

American Standard Version
I made a covenant with mine eyes; How then should I look upon a virgin?

Douay-Rheims Bible
I made a covenant with my eyes, that I would not so much as think upon a virgin.

Darby Bible Translation
I made a covenant with mine eyes; and how should I fix my regard upon a maid?

English Revised Version
I MADE a covenant with mine eyes; how then should I look upon a maid?

Webster's Bible Translation
I Made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

World English Bible
"I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?

Young's Literal Translation
A covenant I made for mine eyes, And what -- do I attend to a virgin?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
31:1-8 Job did not speak the things here recorded by way of boasting, but in answer to the charge of hypocrisy. He understood the spiritual nature of God's commandments, as reaching to the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is best to let our actions speak for us; but in some cases we owe it to ourselves and to the cause of God, solemnly to protest our innocence of the crimes of which we are falsely accused. The lusts of the flesh, and the love of the world, are two fatal rocks on which multitudes split; against these Job protests he was always careful to stand upon his guard. And God takes more exact notice of us than we do of ourselves; let us therefore walk circumspectly. He carefully avoided all sinful means of getting wealth. He dreaded all forbidden profit as much as all forbidden pleasure. What we have in the world may be used with comfort, or lost with comfort, if honestly gotten. Without strict honestly and faithfulness in all our dealings, we can have no good evidence of true godliness. Yet how many professors are unable to abide this touchstone!
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
1"I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin? 2"And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?…
Cross References
Matthew 5:28
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Job 31:9
"If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway,
Treasury of Scripture

I made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I think on a maid?

a covenant

Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; …

2 Samuel 11:2-4 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his …

Psalm 119:37 Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken you me in your way.

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look right on, and let your eyelids look straight before you.

Proverbs 23:31-33 Look not you on the wine when it is red, when it gives his color …

Matthew 5:28,29 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her …

1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust …

think

Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you …

James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed…

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