Job 27
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1And Job took up his discourse again: 1Job continued with his discussion and said:
2"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter--2"The living God has withheld justice from me; the Almighty has made my life bitter.
3for while my spirit is still in me, and the breath from God is in my nostrils, 3As long as I can breathe; as long as God's breath is in my nostrils,
4my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will whisper no deceit. 4I won't speak lies nor will I utter deceit.
5I will never declare that you three are in the right; until I die, I will not set aside my integrity! 5Far be it from me to admit that you're right! I intend to maintain my integrity even if it kills me!
6I will maintain my righteousness and never let it go; my conscience will not reproach me for as long as I live. 6I'll retain my righteousness and not compromise it; my conscience won't rebuke me at any time.
7"May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unrighteous. 7"May my enemy be like the wicked; my adversary like the unjust.
8For what hope does the godless have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life? 8For where is the hope of the godless when he is eliminated; when God takes away his life?
9Does God listen to his cry when distress overtakes him? 9Will God hear his cry when distress overtakes him?
10Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call out to God at all times? 10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?"
11I will teach you about the power of God; What is on the Almighty's mind I will not conceal. 11"I'll teach you about the power of God, that which is with the Almighty I won't conceal.
12If you yourselves have all seen this, Why in the world do you continue this meaningless talk? 12Look! All of you have been watching, so why have you become so completely worthless?
13This is the portion of the wicked man allotted by God, the inheritance that evildoers receive from the Almighty. 13"This is what a wicked person inherits from God, and what the ruthless will receive from the Almighty:
14If his children increase--it is for the sword! His offspring never have enough to eat. 14If he has many children, their destiny is to die by the sword, and his descendants won't have enough food.
15Those who survive him are buried by the plague, and their widows do not mourn for them. 15Those who do survive him disease will bury, and his widow won't even weep.
16If he piles up silver like dust and stores up clothing like mounds of clay, 16"Though he hoards silver like dust, and stores away garments like clay,
17what he stores up a righteous man will wear, and an innocent man will inherit his silver. 17whatever he stores up, the righteous will wear, and the innocent will inherit that silver!
18The house he builds is as fragile as a moth's cocoon, like a hut that a watchman has made. 18"He has built his house like a moth's cocoon, like a temporary sunshade that a watchman makes.
19He goes to bed wealthy, but will do so no more. When he opens his eyes, it is all gone. 19He will go to bed wealthy, but won't be doing that anymore! When he opens his eyes, it will be gone!
20Terrors overwhelm him like a flood; at night a whirlwind carries him off. 20Terror will overtake him like a flood, at night, a tornado will sweep him away.
21The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place. 21He'll be swept up by a storm wind and carried away; he'll be whirled away from his place.
22It hurls itself against him without pity as he flees headlong from its power. 22It will toss him around without pity. He'll try to break free from its grip,
23It claps its hands at him in derision and hisses him away from his place. 23but it will clap its hands over him, hissing at him as it lunges toward him."
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