Job 27
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1And Job continued his discourse:1And Job again took up his discourse, and said:
2"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who 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 have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,3as long as my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.4my lips will not speak falsehood, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.5Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
6I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.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 what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?8For what is the hope of the godless when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life?
9Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?9Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him?
10Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?10Will he take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11"I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.11I will teach you concerning the hand of God; what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?12Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain?
13"Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:13“This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.14If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread.
15The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.15Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his widows do not weep.
16Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,16Though he heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay,
17what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.17he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and the innocent will divide the silver.
18The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.18He builds his house like a moth’s, like a booth that a watchman makes.
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.19He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.20Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries him off.
21The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.21The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.22It hurls at him without pity; he flees from its power in headlong flight.
23It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place."23It claps its hands at him and hisses at him from its place.
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