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Job Maintains His Integrity

27 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:

2As God lives, awho has taken away my justice,

And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,

3 As long as my breath is in me,

And the breath of God in my nostrils,

4 My lips will not speak wickedness,

Nor my tongue utter deceit.

5 Far be it from me

That I should say you are right;

Till I die bI will not put away my integrity from me.

6 My righteousness I chold fast, and will not let it go;

dMy heart shall not 1reproach me as long as I live.

7 “May my enemy be like the wicked,

And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.

8 eFor what is the hope of the hypocrite,

Though he may gain much,

If God takes away his life?

9 fWill God hear his cry

When trouble comes upon him?

10 gWill he delight himself in the Almighty?

Will he always call on God?

11 “I will teach you 2about the hand of God;

What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.

12 Surely all of you have seen it;

Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?

13 “This his the portion of a wicked man with God,

And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:

14 iIf his children are multiplied, it is for the sword;

And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

15 Those who survive him shall be buried in death,

And jtheir 3widows shall not weep,

16 Though he heaps up silver like dust,

And piles up clothing like clay—

17 He may pile it up, but kthe just will wear it,

And the innocent will divide the silver.

18 He builds his house like a 4moth,

lLike a 5booth which a watchman makes.

19 The rich man will lie down,

6But not be gathered up;

He opens his eyes,

And he is mno more.

20 nTerrors overtake him like a flood;

A tempest steals him away in the night.

21 The east wind carries him away, and he is gone;

It sweeps him out of his place.

22 It hurls against him and does not ospare;

He flees desperately from its 7power.

23 Men shall clap their hands at him,

And shall hiss him out of his place.


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