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Job 27 NIV

Job’s Final Word to His Friends

1 And Job continued his discourse:

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2 “As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,

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3 as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,

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4 my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies.

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5 I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.

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6 I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.

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7 “May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust!

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8 For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life?

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9 Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?

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10 Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times?

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11 “I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.

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12 You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?
13 “Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:

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14 However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.

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15 The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.

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16 Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,

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17 what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.

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18 The house he builds is like a moth’s cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.

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19 He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.

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20 Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.

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21 The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.

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22 It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.

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23 It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.”

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