Job 27

Job Affirms His Righteousness

1Then Job
Or again took up
continued his b  discourse and said,
2As God lives c  who has taken away my right,
And the Almighty d  who has embittered my soul,
3For as long as
Lit breath
life is in me,
And the
Or spirit
,
g  breath of God is in my nostrils,
4My lips certainly will not speak unjustly,
Nor will h  my tongue mutter deceit.
5Far be it from me that I should declare you right;
Till I die i  I will not put away my integrity from me.
6“I j  hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go.
My heart does not reproach any of my days.

The State of the Godless

7May my enemy be as the wicked
And
Lit he who rises up against me
my opponent as the unjust.
8For what is l  the hope of the godless
Or though he gains
when he is cut off,
When God requires n  his
Lit soul
life?
9Will God p  hear his cry
When q  distress comes upon him?
10Will he take r  delight in the Almighty?
Will he call on God at all times?
11I will instruct you in the
Lit hand
power of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12Behold, all of you have seen it;
Why then do you
Or speak vanity
act foolishly?

13This is u  the portion of a wicked man from God,
And the inheritance which v  tyrants receive from the Almighty.
14Though his sons are many
Lit the sword is for them
they are destined x  for the sword;
And his y  descendants will not be satisfied with bread.
15His survivors will be buried because of the plague,
And
So ancient versions; Heb his
their aa  widows will not be able to weep.
16Though he piles up silver like dust
And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,
17He may prepare it ab  but the just will wear it
And the innocent will divide the silver.
18He has built his ac  house like the
So ancient versions; Heb moth
spider’s web,
Or as a hut which the watchman has made.
19He lies down rich, but never
So ancient versions; Heb will be gathered
again;
He opens his eyes, and af  it is no longer.
20 ag  Terrors overtake him like a flood;
A tempest steals him away ah  in the night.
21The east ai  wind carries him away, and he is gone,
For it whirls him aj  away from his place.
22For it will hurl at him ak  without sparing;
He will surely try to al  flee from its
Lit hand
power.
23Men will clap their hands at him
And will an  hiss him from his place.

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