2 “As God lives, who has taken away my right, And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul, 3 For as long as [a]life is in me, And the [b]breath of God is in my nostrils, 4 My lips certainly will not speak unjustly, Nor will my tongue mutter deceit. 5 Far be it from me that I should declare you right; Until I die, I will not [c]give up my integrity. 6 I have kept hold of my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not rebuke any of my days.
The State of the Godless
7 “May my enemy be as the wicked, And [d]my opponent as the criminal. 8 For what is the hope of the godless when he makes an end of life, When God requires his [e]life? 9 Will God hear his cry When distress comes upon him? 10 Or will he take pleasure in the Almighty? Will he call on God at all times? 11 I will instruct you in the [f]power of God; What is with the Almighty I will not conceal. 12 Behold, all of you have seen it; Why then do you talk of nothing?
13 “This is the portion of a wicked person from God, And the inheritance whichtyrants receive from the Almighty: 14 Though his sons are many, [g]they are destined for the sword; And his descendants will not be satisfied with bread. 15 His survivors will be buried because of the plague, And [h]their widows will not be able to weep. 16 Though he piles up silver like dust, And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay, 17 He may prepare it, but the righteous will wear it And the innocent will divide the silver. 18 He has built his house like the [i]spider’s web, Or a hut which the watchman has made. 19 He lies down rich, but never [j]again; He opens his eyes, and it no longer exists. 20 Terrors overtake him like a flood; A storm steals him away in the night. 21 The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; For it sweeps him away from his place. 22 For it will hurl at him without mercy; He will certainly try to flee from its [k]power. 23 People will [l]clap their hands at him, And will whistle at him from their places.
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