Job Affirms His Righteousness

1 Then Job continued * his 1discourse and said,
2 "As God lives, 2who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, 3who has embittered my soul,
3 For as long * as life is in me, And the 4breath of God is in my nostrils,
4 My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will 5my tongue mutter deceit.
5 "Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Till I die 6I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 "I 7hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not reproach any of my days.

The State of the Godless

7 "May my enemy be as the wicked And my opponent as the unjust.
8 "For what is 8the hope of the godless when he is cut off, When God requires 9his life?
9 "Will God 10hear his cry When 11distress comes upon him?
10 "Will he take 12delight in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times?
11 "I will instruct you in the power of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 "Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you act foolishly?
13 "This is 13the portion of a wicked man from God, And the inheritance which 14tyrants receive from the Almighty.
14 "Though his sons are many, they are destined 15for the sword; And his 16descendants will not be satisfied with bread.
15 "His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And their 17widows will not be able to weep.
16 "Though he piles up silver like dust And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,
17 He may prepare it, 18but the just will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver.
18 "He has built his 19house like the spider's web, Or as a hut which the watchman has made.
19 "He lies down rich, but never again; He opens his eyes, and 20it is no longer.
20 "21Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away 22in the night.
21 "The east 23wind carries him away, and he is gone, For it whirls him 24away from his place.
22 "For it will hurl at him 25without sparing; He will surely try to 26flee from its power.
23 "Men will clap their hands at him And will 27hiss him from his place.