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The Book of Job

The Book of Job 27

Job Describes the Portion of the Wicked
1  Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
2  As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment;
and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
3  all the while my breath is in me,
and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
4  my lips shall not speak wickedness,
nor my tongue utter deceit.
5  God forbid that I should justify you:
till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
6  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go:
my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
7  Let mine enemy be as the wicked,
and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
8  For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained,
when God taketh away his soul?
9  Will God hear his cry
when trouble cometh upon him?
10  Will he delight himself in the Almighty?
Will he always call upon God?
11  I will teach you by the hand of God:
that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
12  Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it;
why then are ye thus altogether vain?
13  This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
14  If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword:
and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
15  Those that remain of him shall be buried in death:
and his widows shall not weep.
16  Though he heap up silver as the dust,
and prepare raiment as the clay;
17  he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on,
and the innocent shall divide the silver.
18  He buildeth his house as a moth,
and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
19  The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered:
he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
20  Terrors take hold on him as waters,
a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
21  The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth:
and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
22  For God shall cast upon him, and not spare:
he would fain flee out of his hand.
23  Men shall clap their hands at him,
and shall hiss him out of his place.

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