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Jehovah’s Witnesses



Job 27:1-23

27  And Job proceeded again to lift up his proverbial utterance+ and went on to say:   “As God* lives,+ who has taken away my judgment,+And as the Almighty [lives], who has made my soul bitter,+   While my breath is yet whole within me,And the spirit of God* is in my nostrils,+   My lips will speak no unrighteousnessAnd my own tongue will mutter no deceit!   It is unthinkable on my part that I should declare YOU men righteous!+Until I expire I shall not take away my integrity+ from myself!   On my justness I have laid hold, and I shall not let it go;+My heart will not taunt [me] for any of my days.+   Let my enemy become in every way a wicked man,+And the one revolting against me really a wrongdoer.   For what is the hope of an apostate in case he cuts [him] off,+In case God* carries off his soul from him?+   Will God* hear an outcry of hisIn case distress comes upon him?+ 10  Or in the Almighty will he find exquisite delight?Will he call to God at all times? 11  I shall instruct YOU men by the hand of God;That which is with the Almighty I shall not hide.+ 12  Look! YOU yourselves have all of YOU seen visions;So why is it that YOU show yourselves utterly vain?+ 13  This is the share of the wicked man* from God;+And the inheritance of the tyrants they will receive from the Almighty himself. 14  If his sons become many, it is for a sword;+And his descendants themselves will not have enough food.* 15  His own survivors will be buried during a deadly plague,*And their own widows will not weep.+ 16  If he should pile up silver like dust itself,And he should prepare attire just as if clay, 17  He would prepare, but the righteous would be the one to clothe himself,+And in the silver the innocent would be the one to have a share. 18  He has built his house like a mere moth,And like a booth+ that a watchman has made. 19  Rich he will lie down, but nothing will be gathered;*His eyes he has opened, but there will be nothing.+ 20  Like waters* sudden terrors will overtake him;+At night a storm wind will certainly steal him away. 21  An east wind will carry him off+ and he will go away,And it will whirl him away from his place.+ 22  And it will hurl itself at him and have no compassion;+From its power he will without fail try to run away.+ 23  One will clap his hands at him+And will whistle+ at him from his place.*


“God.” Heb., ʼEl.
“God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
“God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl.
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
Or, “bread.”
Lit., “death.”
Or, “he will not be gathered,” M; LXXSy, “he will add nothing.”
“Like waters.” Or, “During the day,” by a correction.
Or, “[one passing] his place will whistle at it.”