Job 27

Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

1And Job again a  took up his discourse, and said:

2 “As God lives, who has b  taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has c  made my soul bitter,
3as long as my breath is in me,
and d  the spirit of God is in my nostrils,
4my lips will not speak e  falsehood,
and my tongue will not utter f  deceit.
5Far be it from me to say that you are right;
till I die I will not put away my g  integrity from me.
6I h  hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go;
my heart does not i  reproach me for any of my days.
7 “Let my enemy be as the wicked,
and let him who rises up against me be as the unrighteous.
8 j  For what is the hope of the godless k  when God cuts him off,
when God takes away his life?
9 l  Will God hear his cry
when distress comes upon him?
10Will he m  take delight in the Almighty?
Will he call upon God at all times?
11I will teach you concerning the hand of God;
n  what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves;
why then have you become altogether vain?
13 o  This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
and the heritage that p  oppressors receive from the Almighty:
14If his q  children are multiplied, it is for r  the sword,
and his descendants have not enough bread.
15Those who survive him the pestilence buries,
and his s  widows do not weep.
16Though he t  heap up silver like dust,
and pile up clothing like clay,
17he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it,
and u  the innocent will divide the silver.
18He builds his v  house like a moth’s,
like w  a booth that x  a watchman makes.
19He goes to bed rich, but will y  do so no more;
he opens his eyes, and z  his wealth is gone.
20 aa  Terrors overtake him like ab  a flood;
in the night a whirlwind ac  carries him off.
21 ad  The east wind lifts him up and he is gone;
it ae  sweeps him out of his place.
22It
Or He (that is, God); also verse 23
hurls at him ag  without pity;
he flees from its
Or his; also verse 23
power in headlong flight.
23It ai  claps its hands at him
and aj  hisses at him from its place.
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