Job 27:1-23 NIV

Job 27:1-23 NIV [1] And Job continued his discourse: [2] "As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice, the Almighty, who has made my life bitter, [3] as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils, [4] my lips will not say anything wicked, and my tongue will not utter lies. [5] I will never admit you are in the right; till I die, I will not deny my integrity. [6] I will maintain my innocence and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live. [7] "May my enemy be like the wicked, my adversary like the unjust! [8] For what hope have the godless when they are cut off, when God takes away their life? [9] Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them? [10] Will they find delight in the Almighty? Will they call on God at all times? [11] "I will teach you about the power of God; the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal. [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: [14] However many his children, their fate is the sword; his offspring will never have enough to eat. [15] The plague will bury those who survive him, and their widows will not weep for them. [16] Though he heaps up silver like dust and clothes like piles of clay, [17] what he lays up the righteous will wear, and the innocent will divide his silver. [18] The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman. [19] He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, all is gone. [20] Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night. [21] The east wind carries him off, and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place. [22] It hurls itself against him without mercy as he flees headlong from its power. [23] It claps its hands in derision and hisses him out of his place."

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