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Book 18 Chapter 27

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Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,

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As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who has vexed my soul;

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All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;

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

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God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

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My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

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Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that rises up against me as the unrighteous.

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For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he has gained, when God takes away his soul?

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Will God hear his cry when trouble comes upon him?

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Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?

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I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

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

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This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.

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If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.

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Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.

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Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;

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He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.

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He builds his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper makes.

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The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he opens his eyes, and he is not.

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Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest steals him away in the night.

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The east wind carries him away, and he departs: and as a storm hurls him out of his place.

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For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.

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Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.