Job 27
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1And Job took up his discourse again: 1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
2"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter--2As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
3for while my spirit is still in me, and the breath from God is in my nostrils, 3All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will whisper no deceit. 4My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5I will never declare that you three are in the right; until I die, I will not set aside my integrity! 5God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
6I will maintain my righteousness and never let it go; my conscience will not reproach me for as long as I live. 6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7"May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unrighteous. 7Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
8For what hope does the godless have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life? 8For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
9Does God listen to his cry when distress overtakes him? 9Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
10Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call out to God at all times? 10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
11I will teach you about the power of God; What is on the Almighty's mind I will not conceal. 11I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12If you yourselves have all seen this, Why in the world do you continue this meaningless talk? 12Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?
13This is the portion of the wicked man allotted by God, the inheritance that evildoers receive from the Almighty. 13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
14If his children increase--it is for the sword! His offspring never have enough to eat. 14If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15Those who survive him are buried by the plague, and their widows do not mourn for them. 15Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
16If he piles up silver like dust and stores up clothing like mounds of clay, 16Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
17what he stores up a righteous man will wear, and an innocent man will inherit his silver. 17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
18The house he builds is as fragile as a moth's cocoon, like a hut that a watchman has made. 18He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
19He goes to bed wealthy, but will do so no more. When he opens his eyes, it is all gone. 19The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
20Terrors overwhelm him like a flood; at night a whirlwind carries him off. 20Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
21The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place. 21The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
22It hurls itself against him without pity as he flees headlong from its power. 22For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
23It claps its hands at him in derision and hisses him away from his place. 23Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
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