A covenant I made for mine eyes, And what -- do I attend to a virgin?
Job 31:1 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I made a covenant with mine eyes - ברית כרתי לעיני berith carati leeynai: "I have cut" or divided "the covenant sacrifice with my eyes." My conscience and my eyes are the contracting parties; God is the Judge; and I am therefore bound not to look upon any thing with a delighted or covetous eye, by which my conscience may be defiled, or my God dishonored.
Why then should I think upon a maid? - ומה אתבונן על בתולה umah ethbonen al bethulah. And why should I set myself to contemplate, or think upon, Bethulah? That Bethulah may here signify an idol, is very likely. Sanchoniatho observes, that Ouranos first introduced Baithulia when he erected animated stones, or rather, as Bochart observes, Anointed stones, which became representatives of some deity. I suppose that Job purges himself here from this species of idolatry. Probably the Baithulia were at first emblems only of the tabernacle; בית אלוה beith Eloah, "the house of God;" or of that pillar set up by Jacob, Genesis 28:18, which he called בית אלהים beith Elohim, or Bethalim; for idolatry always supposes a pure and holy worship, of which it is the counterfeit. For more on the subject of the Baithulia, see the notes on Genesis 28:19.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
2 Samuel 11:2-4 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked on the roof of the king's house...
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 in the cup, when it moves itself aright...
Matthew 5:28,29 But I say to you, That whoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart...
1 John 2:16 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...
Proverbs 6:25 Lust not after her beauty in your heart; neither let her take you with her eyelids.
James 1:14,15 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed...
Job 31:1 Parallel CommentariesAgreement Attend Covenant Eyes Fix Gaze Girl Lustfully Maid Regard Think Virgin YoungAgreement Attend Covenant Eyes Fix Gaze Girl Lustfully Maid Regard Think Virgin YoungTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
Job 31:1 Mobile Bible
Job 31:1 Bible Suite
Job 31:1 Biblia Paralela
Job 31:1 Chinese Bible