Job 31:9
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New International Version
"If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbor's door,

New Living Translation
"If my heart has been seduced by a woman, or if I have lusted for my neighbor's wife,

English Standard Version
“If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door,

New American Standard Bible
"If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway,

King James Bible
If mine heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If my heart has been seduced by my neighbor's wife or I have lurked at his door,

International Standard Version
"If my heart has been seduced by a woman and I've laid in wait at my friend's door,

NET Bible
If my heart has been enticed by a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door,

New Heart English Bible
"If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor's door,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If I have been seduced by a woman or I have secretly waited near my neighbor's door,

JPS Tanakh 1917
If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, And I have lain in wait at my neighbour's door;

New American Standard 1977
“If my heart has been enticed by a woman,
            Or I have lurked at my neighbor’s doorway,

Jubilee Bible 2000
If my heart has been deceived regarding a woman, or if I have laid in wait at my neighbour's door,

King James 2000 Bible
If my heart has been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;

American King James Version
If my heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;

American Standard Version
If my heart hath been enticed unto a woman, And I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;

Douay-Rheims Bible
If my heart hath been deceived upon a woman, and if I have laid wait at my friend's door:

Darby Bible Translation
If my heart have been enticed unto a woman, so that I laid wait at my neighbour's door,

English Revised Version
If mine heart have been enticed unto a woman, and I have laid wait at my neighbour's door:

Webster's Bible Translation
If my heart hath been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;

World English Bible
"If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have laid wait at my neighbor's door,

Young's Literal Translation
If my heart hath been enticed by woman, And by the opening of my neighbour I laid wait,
Study Bible
Job's Final Appeal
8Let me sow and another eat, And let my crops be uprooted. 9"If my heart has been enticed by a woman, Or I have lurked at my neighbor's doorway, 10May my wife grind for another, And let others kneel down over her.…
Cross References
Job 24:15
"The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying, 'No eye will see me.' And he disguises his face.

Job 31:1
"I have made a covenant with my eyes; How then could I gaze at a virgin?
Treasury of Scripture

If my heart have been deceived by a woman, or if I have laid wait at my neighbor's door;

If mine

Judges 16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, …

1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned …

Nehemiah 13:26 Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many …

Proverbs 2:16-19 To deliver you from the strange woman, even from the stranger which …

Proverbs 5:3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth …

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

Proverbs 7:21 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering …

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women is a deep pit: he that is abhorred of …

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares …

if I

Job 24:15,16 The eye also of the adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, No …

Jeremiah 5:8 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his …

Hosea 7:4 They are all adulterers, as an oven heated by the baker, who ceases …

Verse 9. - If mine heart have been deceived by a woman; rather, enticed, or allured unto a woman. If, that is, I have suffered myself at any time to be enticed by the wiles of a "strange woman" (Proverbs 5:3; Proverbs 6:24, etc.), and have so far yielded as to go after her; and if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door - watching for an opportunity to enter unseen, while the goodman is away (Proverbs 7:19) Job is not speaking of what he has done, but of what men may suspect him of having done. If mine heart have been deceived by a woman,.... By another man's wife, by wantonly looking at her beauty, and so lusting after her; and so, not through any blame or fault of hers, or by any artful methods made use of by her, to allure and ensnare; such as were practised by the harlot, Proverbs 7:1; but by neither was the heart of Job deceived, and drawn into the sin of uncleanness; for he had made a covenant with his eyes, as not to look at a virgin, so much less at another man's wife, to prevent his lusting after her; and whatever temptations and solicitations he might have been attended with, through the grace of God, as Joseph was, he was enabled to withstand them; though as wise a man, and the wisest of men, had his heart deceived and drawn aside thereby, Ecclesiastes 7:26;

or if I have laid wait at my neighbour's door: to meet with his wife there, and carry on an intrigue with her; or to take the opportunity of going in when opened, in order to solicit her to his embraces, knowing her husband to be away from home; see Proverbs 5:8. 9-12. Job asserts his innocence of adultery.

deceived—hath let itself be seduced (Pr 7:8; Ge 39:7-12).

laid wait—until the husband went out.31:9-15 All the defilements of the life come from a deceived heart. Lust is a fire in the soul: those that indulge it, are said to burn. It consumes all that is good there, and lays the conscience waste. It kindles the fire of God's wrath, which, if not quenched by the blood of Christ, will consume even to eternal destruction. It consumes the body; it consumes the substance. Burning lusts bring burning judgments. Job had a numerous household, and he managed it well. He considered that he had a Master in heaven; and as we are undone if God should be severe with us, we ought to be mild and gentle towards all with whom we have to do.
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