Job maketh a solemn protestation of his integrity in several duties.
Job 31:1 I made couenaunt with myn iyen, that Y schulde not thenke of a virgyn. Job 31:2 For what part schulde God aboue haue in me, and eritage Almyyti God of hiye thingis? Job 31:3 Whether perdicioun is not to a wickid man, and alienacioun of God is to men worchynge wickidnesse? Job 31:4 Whether he biholdith not my weies, and noumbrith alle my goyngis? Job 31:5 If Y yede in vanyte, and my foot hastide in gile, Job 31:6 God weie me in a iust balaunce, and knowe my symplenesse. Job 31:7 If my step bowide fro the weie; if myn iye suede myn herte, and a spotte cleuede to myn hondis; Job 31:8 sowe Y, and another ete, and my generacioun be drawun out bi the root. Job 31:9 If myn herte was disseyued on a womman, and if Y settide aspies at the dore of my frend; Job 31:10 my wijf be the hoore of anothir man, and othir men be bowid doun on hir. Job 31:11 For this is vnleueful, and the moost wickidnesse. Job 31:12 Fier is deourynge til to wastyng, and drawynge vp bi the roote alle generaciouns. Job 31:13 If Y dispiside to take doom with my seruaunt and myn hand mayde, whanne thei stryueden ayens me. Job 31:14 What sotheli schal Y do, whanne God schal rise to deme? and whanne he schal axe, what schal Y answere to hym? Job 31:15 Whether he, that wrouyte also hym, made not me in the wombe, and o God formede me in the wombe? Job 31:16 If Y denyede to pore men that, that thei wolden, and if Y made the iyen of a wydewe to abide; Job 31:17 if Y aloone eet my mussel, and a faderles child eet not therof; Job 31:18 for merciful doyng encreesside with me fro my yong childhed, and yede out of my modris wombe with me; Job 31:19 if Y dispiside a man passynge forth, for he hadde not a cloth, and a pore man with out hilyng; Job 31:20 if hise sidis blessiden not me, and was not maad hoot of the fleeces of my scheep; Job 31:21 if Y reiside myn hond on a fadirles child, yhe, whanne Y siy me the hiyere in the yate; Job 31:22 my schuldre falle fro his ioynt, and myn arm with hise boonys be al to-brokun. Job 31:23 For euere Y dredde God, as wawis wexynge gret on me; and Y myyte not bere his birthun. Job 31:24 If Y gesside gold my strengthe, and if Y seide to purid gold, Thou art my trist; Job 31:25 if Y was glad on my many ritchessis, and for myn hond foond ful many thingis; Job 31:26 if Y siy the sunne, whanne it schynede, and the moone goynge clereli; Job 31:27 and if myn herte was glad in priuyte, and if Y kisside myn hond with my mouth; Job 31:28 which is the moost wickidnesse, and deniyng ayens hiyeste God; Job 31:29 if Y hadde ioye at the fallyng of hym, that hatide me, and if Y ioide fulli, that yuel hadde founde hym; Job 31:30 for Y yaf not my throte to do synne, that Y schulde asaile and curse his soule; Job 31:31 if the men of my tabernacle seiden not, Who yyueth, that we be fillid of hise fleischis? Job 31:32 a pilgryme dwellide not with outforth; my dore was opyn to a weiegoere; Job 31:33 if Y as man hidde my synne, and helide my wickidnesse in my bosum; Job 31:34 if Y dredde at ful greet multitude, and if dispisyng of neyyboris made me aferd; and not more Y was stille, and yede not out of the dore; Job 31:35 who yyueth an helpere to me, that Almyyti God here my desire? that he that demeth, Job 31:36 write a book, that Y bere it in my schuldre, and cumpasse it as a coroun to me? Job 31:37 Bi alle my degrees Y schal pronounce it, and Y schal as offre it to the prynce. Job 31:38 If my lond crieth ayens me, and hise forewis wepen with it; Job 31:39 if Y eet fruytis therof with out money, and Y turmentide the soule of erthetileris of it; Job 31:40 a brere growe to me for wheete, and a thorn for barli.