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Job 27 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Having waited for Zophar, Job now resumed his defense: 1 And Job continued his discourse:
2 "God-Alive! He's denied me justice! God Almighty! He's ruined my life! 2 "As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made me taste bitterness of soul,
3 But for as long as I draw breath, and for as long as God breathes life into me, 3 as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 I refuse to say one word that isn't true. I refuse to confess to any charge that's false. 4 my lips will not speak wickedness, and my tongue will utter no deceit.
5 There is no way I'll ever agree to your accusations. I'll not deny my integrity even if it costs me my life. 5 I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity.
6 I'm holding fast to my integrity and not loosening my grip - and, believe me, I'll never regret it. 6 I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.
7 "Let my enemy be exposed as wicked! Let my adversary be proven guilty! 7 "May my enemies be like the wicked, my adversaries like the unjust!
8 What hope do people without God have when life is cut short? when God puts an end to life? 8 For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?
9 Do you think God will listen to their cry for help when disaster hits? 9 Does God listen to his cry when distress comes upon him?
10 What interest have they ever shown in the Almighty? Have they ever been known to pray before? 10 Will he find delight in the Almighty? Will he call upon God at all times?
11 "I've given you a clear account of God in action, suppressed nothing regarding God Almighty. 11 "I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 The evidence is right before you. You can all see it for yourselves, so why do you keep talking nonsense? 12 You have all seen this yourselves. Why then this meaningless talk?
13 "I'll quote your own words back to you: "'This is how God treats the wicked, this is what evil people can expect from God Almighty: 13 "Here is the fate God allots to the wicked, the heritage a ruthless man receives from the Almighty:
14 Their children - all of them - will die violent deaths; they'll never have enough bread to put on the table. 14 However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat.
15 They'll be wiped out by the plague, and none of the widows will shed a tear when they're gone. 15 The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them.
16 Even if they make a lot of money and are resplendent in the latest fashions, 16 Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay,
17 It's the good who will end up wearing the clothes and the decent who will divide up the money. 17 what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver.
18 They build elaborate houses that won't survive a single winter. 18 The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
19 They go to bed wealthy and wake up poor. 19 He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone.
20 Terrors pour in on them like flash floods - a tornado snatches them away in the middle of the night, 20 Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
21 A cyclone sweeps them up - gone! Not a trace of them left, not even a footprint. 21 The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
22 Catastrophes relentlessly pursue them; they run this way and that, but there's no place to hide - 22 It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power.
23 Pummeled by the weather, blown to kingdom come by the storm.' 23 It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place.