And Job continued his discourse:1
"As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice,2 the Almighty,3 who has made me taste bitterness of soul,4
as long as I have life within me, the breath of God5 in my nostrils,
my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.6
I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.7
I will maintain my righteousness8 and never let go of it; my conscience9 will not reproach me as long as I live.10
"May my enemies be like the wicked,11 my adversaries12 like the unjust!
For what hope has the godless13 when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?14
Does God listen to his cry when distress comes upon him?15
Will he find delight in the Almighty?16 Will he call upon God at all times?
"I will teach you about the power of God; the ways17 of the Almighty I will not conceal.18
You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?
"Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:19
However many his children,20 their fate is the sword;21 his offspring will never have enough to eat.22
The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.23
Though he heaps up silver like dust24 and clothes like piles of clay,25
what he lays up26 the righteous will wear,27 and the innocent will divide his silver.28
The house29 he builds is like a moth's cocoon,30 like a hut31 made by a watchman.
He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more;32 when he opens his eyes, all is gone.33
Terrors34 overtake him like a flood;35 a tempest snatches him away in the night.36
The east wind37 carries him off, and he is gone;38 it sweeps him out of his place.39
It hurls itself against him without mercy40 as he flees headlong41 from its power.42
It claps its hands43 in derision and hisses him out of his place.44