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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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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 unrighteousness And 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 his In 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., ʼEloh′ah.
“God.” Heb., ʼEloh′ah.
“God.” Heb., ʼEl.
Or, “earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dham′.
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.”