1Job continued his discourse, saying:
2As God lives, who has deprived me of justice,#Jb 19:6; 34:5
and the Almighty who has made me bitter,#Ex 1:14; Ru 1:20; Jb 3:20
3as long as my breath is still in me
and the breath from God remains in my nostrils,#Gn 2:7; Jb 12:10; 33:4
4my lips will not speak unjustly,
and my tongue will not utter deceit.
5I will never affirm that you are right.
I will maintain my integrity#27:5 Lit will not remove my integrity from me#Jb 2:3,9; 31:6; Pr 11:3 until I die.
6I will cling to my righteousness and never let it go.
My conscience#Ac 24:16; 1Co 4:4; Rv 9:11 will not accuse me as long as I live!
7May my enemy be like the wicked
and my opponent like the unjust.
8For what hope does the godless person#Jb 17:8; 20:5; 36:13 have when he is cut off,
when God takes away his life?#Jb 8:13; Mt 16:26; Lk 12:20
9Will God hear his cry
when distress comes on him?
10Will he delight#Jb 22:26; Ps 37:4; Is 55:2 in the Almighty?
Will he call on God at all times?
11I will teach you about God’s power.
I will not conceal what the Almighty has planned.#27:11 Lit what is with the Almighty
12All of you have seen this for yourselves,
why do you keep up this empty talk?#Jb 2:10; 15:2
13This is a wicked man’s lot#Jb 20:29; 31:2; Ps 17:14 from God,
the inheritance the ruthless receive from the Almighty.
14Even if his children increase, they are destined for the sword;
his descendants will never have enough food.
15Those who survive him will be buried by the plague,
yet their widows will not weep for them.#Jb 18:19; Ps 78:64; Jr 22:10
16Though he piles up silver like dust
and heaps up fine clothing like clay —
17he may heap it up, but the righteous will wear it,
and the innocent will divide up his silver.#Pr 13:22; 28:8; Ec 2:26
18The house he built is like a moth’s cocoon
or a shelter set up by a watchman.#Jb 4:19; Is 1:8; Jnh 4:5
19He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more;
when he opens his eyes, it is gone.
20Terrors overtake him like a flood;#Jb 18:11; 20:25; Jr 6:25
a storm#Jb 21:18; Ps 83:15; Is 29:6 wind sweeps him away at night.
21An east wind picks him up, and he is gone;
it carries him away from his place.
22It blasts at him without mercy,
while he flees desperately from its force.
23It claps#Nm 24:10; Jb 34:37; Lm 2:15 its hands at him
and scoffs at him from its place.