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Job 27 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job Maintains His Integrity
The Hypocrite’s Hopelessness
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:1 - Moreover Job continued his discourse, and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:2 - As God lives, who has taken away my justice,
And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:3 - As long as my breath is in me,
And the breath of God in my nostrils,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:4 - My lips will not speak wickedness,
Nor my tongue utter deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:5 - Far be it from me
That I should say you are right;
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:6 - My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go;
My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:7 - “May my enemy be like the wicked,
And he who rises up against me like the unrighteous.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:8 - For what is the hope of the hypocrite,
Though he may gain much,
If God takes away his life?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:9 - Will God hear his cry
When trouble comes upon him?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:10 - Will he delight himself in the Almighty?
Will he always call on God?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:11 - “I will teach you about the hand of God;
What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:12 - Surely all of you have seen it;
Why then do you behave with complete nonsense?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:13 - “This is the portion of a wicked man with God,
And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:14 - If his children are multiplied, it is for the sword;
And his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:15 - Those who survive him shall be buried in death,
And their[fn] widows shall not weep,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:16 - Though he heaps up silver like dust,
And piles up clothing like clay—
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:17 - He may pile it up, but the just will wear it,
And the innocent will divide the silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:18 - He builds his house like a moth,[fn]
Like a booth which a watchman makes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:19 - The rich man will lie down,
But not be gathered up;[fn]
He opens his eyes,
And he is no more.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:20 - Terrors overtake him like a flood;
A tempest steals him away in the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:21 - The east wind carries him away, and he is gone;
It sweeps him out of his place.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:22 - It hurls against him and does not spare;
He flees desperately from its power.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 27:23 - Men shall clap their hands at him,
And shall hiss him out of his place.
NKJV Footnotes
Literally his
Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; Septuagint and Syriac read spider (compare 8:14); Targum reads decay.
Following Masoretic Text and Targum; Septuagint and Syriac read But shall not add (that is, do it again); Vulgate reads But take away nothing.

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