Job 31:7
7“If my step has turned from the way,
         Or my heart followed my eyes,
         Or if any spot has stuck to my hands,

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.

11“For that would be a lustful crime;
         Moreover, it would be an iniquity punishable by judges.

12“For it would be fire that consumes to Abaddon,
         And would uproot all my increase.

13“If I have despised the claim of my male or female slaves
         When they filed a complaint against me,

14What then could I do when God arises?
         And when He calls me to account, what will I answer Him?

15“Did not He who made me in the womb make him,
         And the same one fashion us in the womb?

16“If I have kept the poor from their desire,
         Or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,

17Or have eaten my morsel alone,
         And the orphan has not shared it

18(But from my youth he grew up with me as with a father,
         And from infancy I guided her),

19If I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing,
         Or that the needy had no covering,

20If his loins have not thanked me,
         And if he has not been warmed with the fleece of my sheep,

21If I have lifted up my hand against the orphan,
         Because I saw I had support in the gate,

22Let my shoulder fall from the socket,
         And my arm be broken off at the elbow.

23“For calamity from God is a terror to me,
         And because of His majesty I can do nothing.

24“If I have put my confidence in gold,
         And called fine gold my trust,

25If I have gloated because my wealth was great,
         And because my hand had secured so much;

26If I have looked at the sun when it shone
         Or the moon going in splendor,

27And my heart became secretly enticed,
         And my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,

28That too would have been an iniquity calling for judgment,
         For I would have denied God above.

29“Have I rejoiced at the extinction of my enemy,
         Or exulted when evil befell him?

30“No, I have not allowed my mouth to sin
         By asking for his life in a curse.

31“Have the men of my tent not said,
         ‘Who can find one who has not been satisfied with his meat’?

32“The alien has not lodged outside,
         For I have opened my doors to the traveler.

33“Have I covered my transgressions like Adam,
         By hiding my iniquity in my bosom,

34Because I feared the great multitude,
         And the contempt of families terrified me,
         And kept silent and did not go out of doors?

35“Oh that I had one to hear me!
         Behold, here is my signature;
         Let the Almighty answer me!
         And the indictment which my adversary has written,

36Surely I would carry it on my shoulder,
         I would bind it to myself like a crown.

37“I would declare to Him the number of my steps;
         Like a prince I would approach Him.

38“If my land cries out against me,
         And its furrows weep together;

39If I have eaten its fruit without money,
         Or have caused its owners to lose their lives,

40Let briars grow instead of wheat,
         And stinkweed instead of barley.”
         The words of Job are ended.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
If my step hath turned out of the way, And my heart walked after mine eyes, And if any spot hath cleaved to my hands:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If my step hath turned out of the way, and if my heart hath followed my eyes, and if a spot hath cleaved to my hands:

Darby Bible Translation
If my step have turned out of the way, and my heart followed mine eyes, and if any blot cleaveth to my hands;

English Revised Version
If my step hath turned out of the way, and mine heart walked after mine eyes, and if any spot hath cleaved to mine hands:

Webster's Bible Translation
If my step hath turned out of the way, and my heart walked after my eyes, and if any blot hath cleaved to my hands;

World English Bible
if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,

Young's Literal Translation
If my step doth turn aside from the way, And after mine eyes hath my heart gone, And to my hands cleaved hath blemish,
Thou Shalt not Steal.
This Commandment also has a work, which embraces very many good works, and is opposed to many vices, and is called in German Mildigkeit, "benevolence;" which is a work ready to help and serve every one with one's goods. And it fights not only against theft and robbery, but against all stinting in temporal goods which men may practise toward one another: such as greed, usury, overcharging and plating wares that sell as solid, counterfeit wares, short measures and weights, and who could tell all the
Dr. Martin Luther—A Treatise on Good Works

Question of the Active Life
I. Do all Acts of the Moral Virtues come under the Active Life? II. Does Prudence pertain to the Active Life? III. Does Teaching belong to the Active or to the Contemplative Life? IV. Does the Active Life continue after this Life? I Do all Acts of the Moral Virtues come under the Active Life? S. Isidore says[407]: "In the active life all the vices are first of all to be removed by the practice of good works, so that in the contemplative life a man may, with now purified mental gaze, pass to the
St. Thomas Aquinas—On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

Whether virtue is in us by Nature?
Objection 1: It would seem that virtue is in us by nature. For Damascene says (De Fide Orth. iii, 14): "Virtues are natural to us and are equally in all of us." And Antony says in his sermon to the monks: "If the will contradicts nature it is perverse, if it follow nature it is virtuous." Moreover, a gloss on Mat. 4:23, "Jesus went about," etc., says: "He taught them natural virtues, i.e. chastity, justice, humility, which man possesses naturally." Objection 2: Further, the virtuous good consists
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether after Christ, it was Proper to the Blessed virgin to be Sanctified in the Womb?
Objection 1: It would seem that it was proper for the Blessed Virgin, after Christ, to be sanctified in the womb. For it has been said [4131](A[4]) that the Blessed Virgin was sanctified in the womb, in order that she might be worthy to be the mother of God. But this is proper to her. Therefore she alone was sanctified in the womb. Objection 2: Further, some men seem to have been more closely connected with Christ than Jeremias and John the Baptist, who are said to have been sanctified in the womb.
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Corporal Alms are of More Account than Spiritual Alms?
Objection 1: It would seem that corporal alms are of more account than spiritual alms. For it is more praiseworthy to give an alms to one who is in greater want, since an almsdeed is to be praised because it relieves one who is in need. Now the body which is relieved by corporal alms, is by nature more needy than the spirit which is relieved by spiritual alms. Therefore corporal alms are of more account. Objection 2: Further, an alms is less praiseworthy and meritorious if the kindness is compensated,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether Confession is According to the Natural Law?
Objection 1: It would seem that confession is according to the natural law. For Adam and Cain were bound to none but the precepts of the natural law, and yet they are reproached for not confessing their sin. Therefore confession of sin is according to the natural law. Objection 2: Further, those precepts which are common to the Old and New Law are according to the natural law. But confession was prescribed in the Old Law, as may be gathered from Is. 43:26: "Tell, if thou hast anything to justify
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Whether one Can, Without a Mortal Sin, Deny the Truth which Would Lead to One's Condemnation?
Objection 1: It would seem one can, without a mortal sin, deny the truth which would lead to one's condemnation. For Chrysostom says (Hom. xxxi super Ep. ad Heb.): "I do not say that you should lay bare your guilt publicly, nor accuse yourself before others." Now if the accused were to confess the truth in court, he would lay bare his guilt and be his own accuser. Therefore he is not bound to tell the truth: and so he does not sin mortally if he tell a lie in court. Objection 2: Further, just as
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Advanced Christian Reminded of the Mercies of God, and Exhorted to the Exercise of Habitual Love to Him, and Joy in Him.
1. A holy joy in God, our privilege as well as our duty.--2. The Christian invited to the exercise of it.--3. By the consideration of temporal mercies.--4. And of spiritual favors.--5. By the views of eternal happiness.--6. And of the mercies of God to others, the living and the dead.--7. The chapter closes with an exhortation to this heavenly exercise. And with an example of the genuine workings of this grateful joy in God. 1. I WOULD now suppose my reader to find, on an examination of his spiritual
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

The Good Samaritan
In the story of the good Samaritan, Christ illustrates the nature of true religion. He shows that it consists not in systems, creeds, or rites, but in the performance of loving deeds, in bringing the greatest good to others, in genuine goodness. As Christ was teaching the people, "a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted Him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" With breathless attention the large congregation awaited the answer. The priests and rabbis had thought to entangle Christ
Ellen Gould White—The Desire of Ages

Trials of the Christian
AFFLICTION--ITS NATURE AND BENEFITS. The school of the cross is the school of light; it discovers the world's vanity, baseness, and wickedness, and lets us see more of God's mind. Out of dark afflictions comes a spiritual light. In times of affliction, we commonly meet with the sweetest experiences of the love of God. The end of affliction is the discovery of sin; and of that, to bring us to a Saviour. Doth not God ofttimes even take occasion, by the hardest of things that come upon us, to visit
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

The Christian Business World
Scripture references: Proverbs 22:29; Romans 12:11; Psalms 24:1; 50:10-12; Haggai 2:8; Psalm 49:6,10,16,17; 62:10; Matthew 13:22; Mark 10:23,24; Job 31:24-26; Proverbs 3:9; Matthew 25:14-30; 24:45-51; 6:19-21; Luke 12:16-21. THE IDEAL IN THE BUSINESS WORLD There is often a wide difference between the methods actually employed in doing business and when they should be. Good men who are in the thick of the battle of competition and rivalry with other firms in the same line of trade, are the quickest
Henry T. Sell—Studies in the Life of the Christian

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