Job 27

1Then Job continued telling his story. Job said, 2“Truly, God lives. And just as truly as God lives, He has truly been unfair with me. God All-Powerful made my life bitter. 3But as long as life is in me and God’s breath of life is in my nose, 4then my lips will not speak evil things, and my tongue will never tell a lie. 5I will never admit that you men are right. I will continue saying I am innocent until the day I die. 6I will hold tightly to the right things I did. I will never stop living right. My conscience will never bother me as long as I live. 7“People have stood against me. I hope my enemies are punished like bad men should be punished. 8If a person does not care about God, then there is no hope for that person when he dies. That person has no hope when God takes his life away. 9That evil person will have troubles, and he will cry to God for help. But God won’t listen to him! 10That person should have enjoyed ˻talking with˼ God All-Powerful. That person should have prayed to God all the time. 11“I will teach you about God’s power. I will not hide God All-Powerful’s plans. 12You have seen God’s power with your own eyes. So why do you say such useless things? 13This is what God planned for evil people. This is what cruel people will get from God All-Powerful: 14An evil person might have many children. But his children will be killed in war. The children of an evil person will not have enough to eat. 15All of his children will die, and his widow will not be sad. 16An evil person might get so much silver that it is like dirt to him. He might have so many clothes that they are like piles of clay. 17But a good person will get his clothes Innocent people will get his silver. 18An evil man might build a house, but it will not last a long time. It will be like a spider’s web or a watchman’s tent. 19An evil person might be rich when he goes to bed. But when he opens his eyes, all his riches will be gone. 20He will be scared. It will be like a flood, like a storm came and carried everything away. 21The east wind will carry him away, and he will be gone. The storm will sweep him out of his home. 22The evil person might try to run away from the power of the storm. But the storm will hit him without mercy. 23Men will clap their hands as the evil person runs away. They will whistle at that evil person as he runs from his home.

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