JOB 31:1



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“I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?”

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Job 31:1 Translation & Meaning

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I made כָּרַ֣תִּי To cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e., make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces) made
a covenant בְּ֭רִית A compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh) covenant
with mine eyes; לְעֵינָ֑י An eye (literally or figuratively); by analogy, a fountain (as the eye of the landscape) eyes
why וּמָ֥ה Properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses why
then should I think אֶ֝תְבּוֹנֵ֗ן To separate mentally (or distinguish), i.e., (generally) understand then should think
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
a maid? בְּתוּלָֽה׃ A virgin (from her privacy); sometimes (by continuation) a bride; also (figuratively) a city or state maid

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  • 1  I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?

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

  • 3  Is not destruction to the wicked? and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?


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