My lips certainly will not speak unjustly,
Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.
5Far be it from me that I should declare you right;
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go.
My heart does not reproach any of my days.
The State of the Godless
7May my enemy be as the wicked
And my opponent as the unjust.
8For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,
When God requires his life?
9Will God hear his cry
When distress comes upon him?
10Will he take delight in the Almighty?
Will he call on God at all times?
11I will instruct you in the power of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Behold, all of you have seen it;
Why then do you act foolishly?
13This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
And the inheritance which tyrants receive from the Almighty.
14Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword;
And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.
15His survivors will be buried because of the plague,
And their widows will not be able to weep.
16Though he piles up silver like dust
And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,
17He may prepare it, but the just will wear it
And the innocent will divide the silver.
18He has built his house like the spiders web,
Or as a hut which the watchman has made.
19He lies down rich, but never again;
He opens his eyes, and it is no longer.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood;
A tempest steals him away in the night.
21The east wind carries him away, and he is gone,
For it whirls him away from his place.
22For it will hurl at him without sparing;
He will surely try to flee from its power.
23Men will clap their hands at him
And will hiss him from his place.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, Neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
My lips shall not speak iniquity, neither shall my tongue contrive lying.
Darby Bible Translation
My lips shall not speak unrighteousness, nor my tongue utter deceit!
English Revised Version
Surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Webster's Bible Translation
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
World English Bible
surely my lips shall not speak unrighteousness, neither shall my tongue utter deceit.
Young's Literal Translation
My lips do not speak perverseness, And my tongue doth not utter deceit.
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