Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
Heb. added to take up.
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
vexed my soul
Heb. made my soul bitter.
All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
the spirit of God
that is, the breath which God gave him.
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
I will not
My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
I hold fast
so long as I live
Heb. from my days.
Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
will he always
I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
by the hand
or, being in the hand, etc. that which.
Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?
This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
D'Herbelot tells us, that Bokhten, an illustrious poet of Cufah, in the 9th century, had so many presents made him, that at his death he was found possessed of 100 suits of clothes, 200 shirts, and 500 turbans.
He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
but the just
He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
as a moth
as a booth
The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
he is not
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
he would fain flee
Heb. in fleeing he would flee.
Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.