1Job continued his discourse, saying:
2As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, #Jb 19:6|NoBook| 34:5
and the Almighty who has made me bitter, #Ex 1:14Ru 1:20Jb 3:20
3as long as my breath is still in me
and the breath from God remains in my nostrils, #Gn 2:7Jb 12:10|NoBook| 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 # Lit will not remove my integrity from me #Jb 2:3|NoBook| 31:6Pr 11:3 until I die.
6I will cling to my righteousness and never let it go.
My conscience #Ac 24:161Co 4:4Rv 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 man #Jb 17:8|NoBook| 20:5|NoBook| 36:13 have when he is cut off,
when God takes away his life? #Jb 8:13Mt 16:26Lk 12:20
9Will God hear his cry
when distress comes on him?
10Will he delight #Jb 22:26Ps 37:4Is 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. # 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|NoBook| 15:2
13This is a wicked man’s lot #Jb 20:29|NoBook| 31:2Ps 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 18:19Ps 78:64Jr 22:10
16Though he piles up silver like dust
and heaps up a wardrobe like clay —
17he may heap it up, but the righteous will wear it,
and the innocent will divide up his silver. #Pr 13:22|NoBook| 28:8Ec 2:26
18The house he built is like a moth’s cocoon
or a booth set up by a watchman. #Jb 4:19Is 1:8Jnh 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|NoBook| 20:25Jr 6:25
a storm #Jb 21:18Ps 83:15Is 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 grasp.
23It claps #Nm 24:10Jb 34:37Lm 2:15 its hands at him
and scorns him from its place.