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Job 27 (English Standard Version)

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Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

1 And Job again 1took up his discourse, and said: 2 "As God lives, who has 2taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has 3made my soul bitter, 3 as long as my breath is in me, and 4the spirit of God is in my nostrils, 4 my lips will not speak 5falsehood, and my tongue will not utter 6deceit. 5 Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my 7integrity from me. 6 I 8hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not 9reproach 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 10For what is the hope of the godless 11when God cuts him off, when God takes away his life? 9 12Will God hear his cry when distress comes upon him? 10 Will he 13take delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times? 11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God; 14what is with the Almighty I will not conceal. 12 Behold, all of you have seen it yourselves; why then have you become altogether vain? 13 15"This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage that 16oppressors receive from the Almighty: 14 If his 17children are multiplied, it is for 18the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread. 15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his 19widows do not weep. 16 Though he 20heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay, 17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and 21the innocent will divide the silver. 18 He builds his 22house like a moth's, like 23a booth that 24a watchman makes. 19 He goes to bed rich, but will 25do so no more; he opens his eyes, and 26his wealth is gone. 20 27Terrors overtake him like 28a flood; in the night a whirlwind 29carries him off. 21 30The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it 31sweeps him out of his place. 22 Ita hurls at him 32without pity; he flees from itsb power in headlong flight. 23 It 33claps its hands at him and 34hisses at him from its place.
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