Job 27
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1Then Job continued his discourse and said:1And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2“As surely as God lives, who has deprived me of justice, the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,2“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3as long as my breath is still within me and the breath of God remains in my nostrils,3as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will not utter deceit.4my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5I will never declare that you are right; I will maintain my integrity until I die.5Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6I will hold fast my righteousness and never let go. As long as I live, my conscience will not accuse me.6I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
7May my enemy be like the wicked and my opponent like the unjust.7“Let my enemy be as the wicked, and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?8For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?
9Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?9Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?
10Will he delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11I will instruct you in the power of God. I will not conceal the ways of the Almighty.11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Surely all of you have seen it for yourselves. Why then do you keep up this empty talk?12Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
13This is the wicked man’s portion from God—the heritage the ruthless receive from the Almighty.13“This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; and his offspring will never have enough food.14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread.
15His survivors will be buried by the plague, and their widows will not weep for them.15Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his widows do not weep.
16Though he heaps up silver like dust and piles up a wardrobe like clay,16Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay,
17what he lays up, the righteous will wear, and his silver will be divided by the innocent.17he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver.
18The house he built is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut set up by a watchman.18He builds his house like a moth’s, like a booth that a watchman makes.
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.19He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest sweeps him away in the night.20Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.21The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22It hurls against him without mercy, while he flees headlong from its power.22It hurls at him without pity; he flees from its power in headlong flight.
23It claps its hands at him and hisses him out of his place.23It claps its hands at him and hisses at him from its place.
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