Job continued speaking:
"I make this vow by the living God, who has taken away my rights, by the Almighty who has embittered my soul.
As long as I live, while I have breath from God,
my lips will speak no evil, and my tongue will speak no lies.
I will never concede that you are right; until I die, I will defend my innocence.
I will maintain my innocence without wavering. My conscience is clear for as long as I live.
"May my enemy be punished like the wicked, my adversary like evil men.
For what hope do the godless have when God cuts them off and takes away their life?
Will God listen to their cry when trouble comes upon them?
Can they take delight in the Almighty? Can they call to God at any time?
"I will teach you about God's power. I will not conceal anything that concerns the Almighty.
But I don't need to, for you yourselves have seen all this; yet you are saying all these useless things to me.
"This is what the wicked will receive from God; this is their inheritance from the Almighty.
If they have a multitude of children, their children will die in war or starve to death.
Those who survive will be brought down to the grave by a plague, with no one to mourn them, not even their wives.
"Evil people may have all the money in the world, and they may store away mounds of clothing.
But the righteous will wear that clothing, and the innocent will divide all that money.
The houses built by the wicked are as fragile as a spiderweb, as flimsy as a shelter made of branches.
"The wicked go to bed rich but wake up to find that all their wealth is gone.
Terror overwhelms them, and they are blown away in the storms of the night.
The east wind carries them away, and they are gone. It sweeps them away.
It whirls down on them without mercy. They struggle to flee from its power.
But everyone jeers at them and mocks them.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)