Job 27
Holman Christian Standard BibleInternational Standard Version
1Job continued his discourse, saying: 1Job continued with his discussion and said:
2As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, and the Almighty who has made me bitter, 2"The living God has withheld justice from me; the Almighty has made my life bitter.
3as long as my breath is still in me and the breath from God remains in my nostrils, 3As long as I can breathe; as long as God's breath is in my nostrils,
4my lips will not speak unjustly, and my tongue will not utter deceit. 4I won't speak lies nor will I utter deceit.
5I will never affirm that you are right. I will maintain my integrity until I die. 5Far be it from me to admit that you're right! I intend to maintain my integrity even if it kills me!
6I will cling to my righteousness and never let it go. My conscience will not accuse me as long as I live! 6I'll retain my righteousness and not compromise it; my conscience won't rebuke me at any time.
7May my enemy be like the wicked and my opponent like the unjust. 7"May my enemy be like the wicked; my adversary like the unjust.
8For what hope does the godless man 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?
9Will God hear his cry when distress comes on him? 9Will God hear his cry when distress overtakes him?
10Will he delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times? 10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?"
11I will teach you about God's power. I will not conceal what the Almighty has planned. 11"I'll teach you about the power of God, that which is with the Almighty I won't conceal.
12All of you have seen this for yourselves, why do you keep up this empty talk? 12Look! All of you have been watching, so why have you become so completely worthless?
13This is a wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance the ruthless receive from the Almighty. 13"This is what a wicked person inherits from God, and what the ruthless will receive from the Almighty:
14Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword; his descendants will never have enough food. 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 will be buried by the plague, yet their widows will not weep for them. 15Those who do survive him disease will bury, and his widow won't even weep.
16Though he piles up silver like dust and heaps up a wardrobe like clay-- 16"Though he hoards silver like dust, and stores away garments like clay,
17he may heap it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide up his silver. 17whatever he stores up, the righteous will wear, and the innocent will inherit that silver!
18The house he built is like a moth's cocoon or a booth set up by a watchman. 18"He has built his house like a moth's cocoon, like a temporary sunshade that a watchman makes.
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, it is gone. 19He will go to bed wealthy, but won't be doing that anymore! When he opens his eyes, it will be gone!
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a storm wind sweeps him away at night. 20Terror will overtake him like a flood, at night, a tornado will sweep him away.
21An east wind picks him up, and he is gone; it carries him away from his place. 21He'll be swept up by a storm wind and carried away; he'll be whirled away from his place.
22It blasts at him without mercy, while he flees desperately from its grasp. 22It will toss him around without pity. He'll try to break free from its grip,
23It claps its hands at him and scorns him from its place. 23but it will clap its hands over him, hissing at him as it lunges toward him."
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