Job 31:2
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New International Version
For what is our lot from God above, our heritage from the Almighty on high?

New Living Translation
For what has God above chosen for us? What is our inheritance from the Almighty on high?

English Standard Version
What would be my portion from God above and my heritage from the Almighty on high?

New American Standard Bible
"And what is the portion of God from above Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

King James Bible
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For what portion would I have from God above, or what inheritance from the Almighty on high?

International Standard Version
What would I have from God above, what heritage from the Almighty on high,

NET Bible
What then would be one's lot from God above, one's heritage from the Almighty on high?

New Heart English Bible
For what is the portion from God above, and the heritage from Shaddai on high?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What would God above do [to me]? What would be my inheritance from the Almighty on high?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For what would be the portion of God from above, And the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

New American Standard 1977
“And what is the portion of God from above
            Or the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what reward would God give me from above and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

King James 2000 Bible
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

American King James Version
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

American Standard Version
For what is the portion from God above, And the heritage from the Almighty on high?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what part should God from above have in me, and what inheritance the Almighty from on high?

Darby Bible Translation
For what would have been [my] portion of +God from above, and what the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

English Revised Version
For what is the portion of God from above, and the heritage of the Almighty from on high?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

World English Bible
For what is the portion from God above, and the heritage from the Almighty on high?

Young's Literal Translation
And what is the portion of God from above? And the inheritance of the Mighty from the heights?
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? 3"Is it not calamity to the unjust And disaster to those who work iniquity?…
Cross References
Numbers 16:30
"But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD."

Job 16:19
"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.

Job 20:29
"This is the wicked man's portion from God, Even the heritage decreed to him by God."

Job 21:17
"How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?

Job 25:2
"Dominion and awe belong to Him Who establishes peace in His heights.
Treasury of Scripture

For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high?

Job 20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed …

Job 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

(2) What portion of God is there from above?--Comp. the remonstrance of Joseph (Genesis 39:9).

Verse 2. - For what portion of God is there from above? The meaning seems to be, "For what portion in God would there be to me from above, if I were so to act?" i.e. if I were secretly to nurse and indulge my lusts. Impurity, perhaps, more than any other sin, cuts off from God, who is "of purer eyes than to behold iniquity" (Habakkuk 1:13). And what inheritance of the Almighty from on high! What should I inherit, i.e. what should I receive, from on high, if I were so sinful? The next verse gives the answer, For what portion of God is there from above?.... What good portion, as the Targum paraphrases it, can impure persons expect from God? such who indulge themselves, and live in the sin of uncleanness, cannot hope to have any part in God, or a portion of good things from him; he is above, and in the highest heavens, and every good thing comes from thence, and from him there; and particularly the spiritual blessings, wherewith he blesses his people, are in heavenly places in Christ, and from thence come to them; and here a special respect may be had to God himself, who is the portion of his people, both in life and at death, and to all eternity; but men that live a vicious course of life cannot conclude they have any part in God and Christ, nor in the grace of God, and the blessings of it, nor enjoy communion with him:

and what inheritance of the Almighty from on high? heaven is an inheritance which belongs to the children of God, and he, as their heavenly Father, has bequeathed it unto then; this is from the almighty God, God all sufficient; he has chosen this inheritance for them, and appointed them unto it; this is laid up by him and reserved in heaven for them; and he gives both a right unto it, and a meetness for it, and will put them into the possession of it: but then impure persons, as fornicators and adulterers, have no inheritance in the kingdom of God and of Christ, Ephesians 5:5; and this was a reason with Job, and what had an influence on him, to be careful to avoid the sin of uncleanness. Some understand the words as a question concerning what would be the portion and heritage of a wicked man, a corrupter of virgins; the answer to which is given in the next verse, destruction and a strange punishment; this is their portion from God, and the heritage appointed to them by him; see Job 20:29. 2. Had I let my senses tempt me to sin, "what portion (would there have been to me, that is, must I have expected) from (literally, of) God above, and what inheritance from (literally, of) the Almighty," etc. [Maurer] (Job 20:29; 27:13).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!
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