Job 27

1 Moreover Job (Iyyov) continued his parable, and said:

2 “As God (El) liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

3 That while my spirit is in me, and the breath of God (Eloah) is in my nostrils;

4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.

5 Far be it from me 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 (Eloah) taketh away his soul?

9 Will God (El) hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?

10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God (Eloah)?

11 I will teach you by the hand of God (El); that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

12 Behold, all you yourselves have seen it; why then are you thus altogether vain?

13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God (El), 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 heaps 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 (El) 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.