Job 27
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1Job continued with his discussion and said:1And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2"The living God has withheld justice from me; the Almighty has made my life bitter.2“As God lives, who has taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3As long as I can breathe; as long as God's breath is in my nostrils,3as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4I won't speak lies nor will I utter deceit.4my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5Far be it from me to admit that you're right! I intend to maintain my integrity even if it kills me!5Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6I'll retain my righteousness and not compromise it; my conscience won't rebuke me at any time.6I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not reproach me for any of my days.
7"May my enemy be like the wicked; my adversary like the unjust. 7“Let my enemy be as the wicked, and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8For where is the hope of the godless when he is eliminated; when God takes away his life?8For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?
9Will God hear his cry when distress overtakes him?9Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?
10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?"10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11"I'll teach you about the power of God, that which is with the Almighty I won't conceal.11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Look! All of you have been watching, so why have you become so completely worthless?12Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
13"This is what a wicked person inherits from God, and what the ruthless will receive from the Almighty:13“This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14If he has many children, their destiny is to die by the sword, and his descendants won't have enough food.14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread.
15Those who do survive him disease will bury, and his widow won't even weep.15Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his widows do not weep.
16"Though he hoards silver like dust, and stores away garments like clay,16Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay,
17whatever he stores up, the righteous will wear, and the innocent will inherit that silver!17he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver.
18"He has built his house like a moth's cocoon, like a temporary sunshade that a watchman makes.18He builds his house like a moth’s, like a booth that a watchman makes.
19He will go to bed wealthy, but won't be doing that anymore! When he opens his eyes, it will be gone!19He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20Terror will overtake him like a flood, at night, a tornado will sweep him away.20Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21He'll be swept up by a storm wind and carried away; he'll be whirled away from his place.21The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22It will toss him around without pity. He'll try to break free from its grip, 22It hurls at him without pity; he flees from its power in headlong flight.
23but it will clap its hands over him, hissing at him as it lunges toward him." 23It claps its hands at him and hisses at him from its place.
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