Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

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

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2 "As God lives, who has 2taken away my right, and the Almighty, who has 3made my soul bitter,

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3 as long as my breath is in me, and 4the spirit of God is in my nostrils,

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4 my lips will not speak 5falsehood, and my tongue will not utter 6deceit.

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5 Far be it from me to say that you are right; till I die I will not put away my 7integrity from me.

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6 I 8hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go; my heart does not 9reproach me for any of my days.

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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?

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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?

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11 I will teach you concerning the hand of God; 14what is with the Almighty I will not conceal.

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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:

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14 If his 17children are multiplied, it is for 18the sword, and his descendants have not enough bread.

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15 Those who survive him the pestilence buries, and his 19widows do not weep.

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16 Though he 20heap up silver like dust, and pile up clothing like clay,

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17 he may pile it up, but the righteous will wear it, and 21the innocent will divide the silver.

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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.

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20 27Terrors overtake him like 28a flood; in the night a whirlwind 29carries him off.

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21 30The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it 31sweeps him out of his place.

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22 Ita hurls at him 32without pity; he flees from itsb power in headlong flight.

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    • › 27:22 - Or He (that is, God); also verse 23
    • œ 27:22 - Or his; also verse 23
      23 It 33claps its hands at him and 34hisses at him from its place.