Job 27
New American Standard Bible 1995Holman Christian Standard Bible
1Then Job continued his discourse and said,1Job continued his discourse, saying:
2"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,2As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, and the Almighty who has made me bitter,
3For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,3as long as my breath is still in me and the breath from God remains in my nostrils,
4My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.4my lips will not speak unjustly, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5"Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.5I will never affirm that you are right. I will maintain my integrity until I die.
6"I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.6I will cling to my righteousness and never let it go. My conscience will not accuse me as long as I live!
7"May my enemy be as the wicked And my opponent as the unjust.7May my enemy be like the wicked and my opponent like the unjust.
8"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?8For what hope does the godless man have when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
9"Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him?9Will God hear his cry when distress comes on him?
10"Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?10Will he delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?
11"I will instruct you in the power of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.11I will teach you about God's power. I will not conceal what the Almighty has planned.
12"Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you act foolishly?12All of you have seen this for yourselves, why do you keep up this empty talk?
13"This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the inheritance which tyrants receive from the Almighty.13This is a wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance the ruthless receive from the Almighty.
14"Though his sons are many, they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread.14Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword; his descendants will never have enough food.
15"His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And their widows will not be able to weep.15Those who survive him will be buried by the plague, yet their widows will not weep for them.
16"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,16Though he piles up silver like dust and heaps up a wardrobe like clay--
17He may prepare it, but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.17he may heap it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide up his silver.
18"He has built his house like the spider's web, Or as a hut which the watchman has made.18The house he built is like a moth's cocoon or a booth set up by a watchman.
19"He lies down rich, but never again; He opens his eyes, and it is no longer.19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, it is gone.
20"Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a storm wind sweeps him away at night.
21"The east wind carries him away, and he is gone, For it whirls him away from his place.21An east wind picks him up, and he is gone; it carries him away from his place.
22"For it will hurl at him without sparing; He will surely try to flee from its power.22It blasts at him without mercy, while he flees desperately from its grasp.
23"Men will clap their hands at him And will hiss him from his place.23It claps its hands at him and scorns him from its place.
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