Job 27
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1And Job continued his discourse:1Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
2"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,2As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
3as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,3All the while 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 shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
5I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.5God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine 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.6My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7"May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust!7Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me 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 hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
9Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?9Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
10Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?10Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
11"I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.11I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?12Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?
13"Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:13This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
14However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.14If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.15Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
16Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,16Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
17what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.17He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
18The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.18He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.19The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.20Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
21The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.21The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
22It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.22For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
23It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place."23Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
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