Job Continues: I Will Maintain My Integrity

Job 27

1 Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:

2 " As God lives, a who has taken away my justice,
And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 As long as my breath is in me,
And the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 My lips will not speak wickedness,
Nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me
That I should say you are right;
Till I die b I will not put away my integrity from me.
6 My righteousness I c hold fast, and will not let it go;
d My heart shall not 1 reproach me as long as I live.

7 "May my enemy be like the wicked,
And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
8 e For what is the hope of the hypocrite,
Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life?
9 f Will God hear his cry
When trouble comes upon him?
10 g Will he delight himself in the Almighty?
Will he always call on God?
11 "I will teach you 2 about the hand of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
12 Surely all of you have seen it;
Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?

13 "This h is the portion of a wicked man with God,
And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
14 i If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword;
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15 Those who survive him shall be buried in death,
And j their 3 widows shall not weep,
16 Though he heaps up silver like dust,
And piles up clothing like clay -
17 He may pile it up, but k the just will wear it,
And the innocent will divide the silver.
18 He builds his house like a 4 moth,
l Like a 5 booth which a watchman makes.
19 The rich man will lie down,
6 But not be gathered up;
He opens his eyes,
And he is m no more.
20 n Terrors overtake him like a flood;
A tempest steals him away in the night.
21 The east wind carries him away, and he is gone;
It sweeps him out of his place.
22 It hurls against him and does not o spare;
He flees desperately from its 7 power.
23 Men shall clap their hands at him,
And shall hiss him out of his place.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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