Job 27 NIV

1 And Job continued his discourse:1

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2 "As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice,2 the Almighty,3 who has made me taste bitterness of soul,4

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3 as long as I have life within me, the breath of God5 in my nostrils,

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4 my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.6

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5 I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.7

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6 I will maintain my righteousness8 and never let go of it; my conscience9 will not reproach me as long as I live.10

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7 "May my enemies be like the wicked,11 my adversaries12 like the unjust!

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8 For what hope has the godless13 when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?14

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9 Does God listen to his cry when distress comes upon him?15

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10 Will he find delight in the Almighty?16 Will he call upon God at all times?

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11 "I will teach you about the power of God; the ways17 of the Almighty I will not conceal.18

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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:19

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14 However many his children,20 their fate is the sword;21 his offspring will never have enough to eat.22

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15 The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.23

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16 Though he heaps up silver like dust24 and clothes like piles of clay,25

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17 what he lays up26 the righteous will wear,27 and the innocent will divide his silver.28

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18 The house29 he builds is like a moth's cocoon,30 like a hut31 made by a watchman.

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19 He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more;32 when he opens his eyes, all is gone.33

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20 Terrors34 overtake him like a flood;35 a tempest snatches him away in the night.36

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21 The east wind37 carries him off, and he is gone;38 it sweeps him out of his place.39

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22 It hurls itself against him without mercy40 as he flees headlong41 from its power.42

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23 It claps its hands43 in derision and hisses him out of his place.44

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