Job 27
1And Job continued speaking:
2“As surely as God lives, he has taken away my rights.
God All-Powerful has made me unhappy.
3As long as I am alive
and God’s breath of life is in my nose,
4My lips will not speak evil.
And my tongue will not tell a lie.
5I will never agree you are right.
Until I die, I will never stop saying I was innocent.
6I will hold tightly to the right things I said.
My sense of right and wrong does not bother me at all.
7“Let my enemies be like evil people.
Let them be like those who are not fair!
8What hope does a wicked person have when he dies?
He has no hope when God takes his life away.
9God will not listen to his cry
when trouble comes to him.
10He will not find joy in God All-Powerful,
even though he calls out to God all the time.
11“I will teach you about the power of God.
I will not hide the ways of God All-Powerful.
12You have all seen this yourselves.
So why are we having all this talk that means nothing?
13“Here is what God has planned for evil people.
This is what cruel people will get from God All-Powerful:
14They may have many children, but the sword will kill them.
The children who are left will never have enough to eat.
15Then they will die and be buried.
And the widows will not even cry for them.
16The evil person may heap up silver like piles of dirt.
He may have so many clothes they are like piles of clay.
17But good people will wear what the evil person has gathered.
And those who are not guilty of wrong will divide up his silver.
18The house the evil person builds is like a spider’s web.
It is like a hut that a guard builds.
19The evil person is rich when he goes to bed, but he is rich for the last time.
When he opens his eyes, everything is gone.
20Fears come over him like a flood.
A storm snatches him away in the night.
21The east wind will carry him away, and then he is gone.
It sweeps him out of his place.
22The wind will hit the evil person without mercy
as he tries to run away from its power.
23It will be as if the wind is clapping its hands at him.
It will whistle at him as he runs from his place.
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