Job 27
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1Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:1And Job continued his discourse:
2As God lives, who has taken away my justice, And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,2"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,
3As long as my breath is in me, And the breath of God in my nostrils,3as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
4My lips will not speak wickedness, Nor my tongue utter deceit.4my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.
5Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.5I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.6I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.
7“May my enemy be like the wicked, And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.7"May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust!
8For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?8For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?
9Will God hear his cry When trouble comes upon him?9Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?
10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call on God?10Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?
11“I will teach you about the hand of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.11"I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Surely all of you have seen it; Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?12You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?
13“This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:13"Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:
14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword; And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.14However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15Those who survive him shall be buried in death, And their widows shall not weep,15The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
16Though he heaps up silver like dust, And piles up clothing like clay—16Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17He may pile it up, but the just will wear it, And the innocent will divide the silver.17what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18He builds his house like a moth, Like a booth which a watchman makes.18The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19The rich man will lie down, But not be gathered up; He opens his eyes, And he is no more.19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches 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 carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22It hurls against him and does not spare; He flees desperately from its power.22It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.
23Men shall clap their hands at him, And shall hiss him out of his place.23It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place."
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