Job 27
Holman Christian Standard BibleNew Living Translation
1Job continued his discourse, saying: 1Job continued speaking:
2As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, and the Almighty who has made me bitter, 2“I vow by the living God, who has taken away my rights, by the Almighty who has embittered my soul—
3as long as my breath is still in me and the breath from God remains in my nostrils, 3As long as I live, while I have breath from God,
4my lips will not speak unjustly, and my tongue will not utter deceit. 4my lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies.
5I will never affirm that you are right. I will maintain my integrity until I die. 5I will never concede that you are right; I will defend my integrity until I die.
6I will cling to my righteousness and never let it go. My conscience will not accuse me as long as I live! 6I will maintain my innocence without wavering. My conscience is clear for as long as I live.
7May my enemy be like the wicked and my opponent like the unjust. 7“May my enemy be punished like the wicked, my adversary like those who do evil.
8For what hope does the godless man have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life? 8For what hope do the godless have when God cuts them off and takes away their life?
9Will God hear his cry when distress comes on him? 9Will God listen to their cry when trouble comes upon them?
10Will he delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times? 10Can they take delight in the Almighty? Can they call to God at any time?
11I will teach you about God's power. I will not conceal what the Almighty has planned. 11I will teach you about God’s power. I will not conceal anything concerning the Almighty.
12All of you have seen this for yourselves, why do you keep up this empty talk? 12But you have seen all this, yet you say all these useless things to me.
13This is a wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance the ruthless receive from the Almighty. 13“This is what the wicked will receive from God; this is their inheritance from the Almighty.
14Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword; his descendants will never have enough food. 14They may have many children, but the children will die in war or starve to death.
15Those who survive him will be buried by the plague, yet their widows will not weep for them. 15Those who survive will die of a plague, and not even their widows will mourn them.
16Though he piles up silver like dust and heaps up a wardrobe like clay-- 16“Evil people may have piles of money and may store away mounds of clothing.
17he may heap it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide up his silver. 17But the righteous will wear that clothing, and the innocent will divide that money.
18The house he built is like a moth's cocoon or a booth set up by a watchman. 18The wicked build houses as fragile as a spider’s web, as flimsy as a shelter made of branches.
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, it is gone. 19The wicked go to bed rich but wake to find that all their wealth is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a storm wind sweeps him away at night. 20Terror overwhelms them like a flood, and they are blown away in the storms of the night.
21An east wind picks him up, and he is gone; it carries him away from his place. 21The east wind carries them away, and they are gone. It sweeps them away.
22It blasts at him without mercy, while he flees desperately from its grasp. 22It whirls down on them without mercy. They struggle to flee from its power.
23It claps its hands at him and scorns him from its place. 23But everyone jeers at them and mocks them.
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