Job 27
New American Standard Bible 1995International Standard Version
1Then Job continued his discourse and said,1Job continued with his discussion and said:
2"As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,2"The living God has withheld justice from me; the Almighty has made my life bitter.
3For as long as life is in me, And the breath of God is in my nostrils,3As long as I can breathe; as long as God's breath is in my nostrils,
4My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.4I won't speak lies nor will I 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.5Far be it from me to admit that you're right! I intend to maintain my integrity even if it kills me!
6"I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.6I'll retain my righteousness and not compromise it; my conscience won't rebuke me at any time.
7"May my enemy be as the wicked And my opponent as the unjust.7"May my enemy be like the wicked; my adversary like the unjust.
8"For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires his life?8For where is the hope of the godless when he is eliminated; when God takes away his life?
9"Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him?9Will God hear his cry when distress overtakes him?
10"Will he take 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?"
11"I will instruct you in the power of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.11"I'll teach you about the power of God, that which is with the Almighty I won't conceal.
12"Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you act foolishly?12Look! All of you have been watching, so why have you become so completely worthless?
13"This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the inheritance which tyrants receive from the Almighty.13"This is what a wicked person inherits from God, and what the ruthless will 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.14If he has many children, their destiny is to die by the sword, and his descendants won't have enough food.
15"His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And their widows will not be able to weep.15Those who do survive him disease will bury, and his widow won't even weep.
16"Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,16"Though he hoards silver like dust, and stores away garments like clay,
17He may prepare it, but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.17whatever he stores up, the righteous will wear, and the innocent will inherit that silver!
18"He has built his house like the spider's web, Or as a hut which the watchman has made.18"He has built his house like a moth's cocoon, like a temporary sunshade that a watchman makes.
19"He lies down rich, but never again; He opens his eyes, and it is no longer.19He will go to bed wealthy, but won't be doing that anymore! When he opens his eyes, it will be gone!
20"Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.20Terror will overtake him like a flood, at night, a tornado will sweep him away.
21"The east wind carries him away, and he is gone, For it whirls 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.
22"For it will hurl at him without sparing; He will surely try to flee from its power.22It will toss him around without pity. He'll try to break free from its grip,
23"Men will clap their hands at him And will hiss him from his place.23but it will clap its hands over him, hissing at him as it lunges toward him."
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