Job 27:2
2“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
         And the Almighty, who has embittered my soul,

3For as long as life is in me,
         And the breath of God is in my nostrils,

4My lips certainly will not speak unjustly,
         Nor will my tongue mutter deceit.

5“Far be it from me that I should declare you right;
         Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.

6“I hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go.
         My heart does not reproach any of my days.

The State of the Godless

7“May my enemy be as the wicked
         And my opponent as the unjust.

8“For what is the hope of the godless when he is cut off,
         When God requires his life?

9“Will God hear his cry
         When distress comes upon him?

10“Will he take delight in the Almighty?
         Will he call on God at all times?

11“I will instruct you in the power of God;
         What is with the Almighty I will not conceal.

12“Behold, all of you have seen it;
         Why then do you act foolishly?

13“This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
         And the inheritance which tyrants receive from the Almighty.

14“Though his sons are many, 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 their widows will not be able to weep.

16“Though he piles up silver like dust
         And prepares garments as plentiful as the clay,

17He may prepare it, but the just will wear it
         And the innocent will divide the silver.

18“He has built his house like the spider’s web,
         Or as a hut which the watchman has made.

19“He lies down rich, but never again;
         He opens his eyes, and it is no longer.

20“Terrors overtake him like a flood;
         A tempest steals him away in the night.

21“The east wind carries him away, and he is gone,
         For it whirls him away from his place.

22“For it will hurl at him without sparing;
         He will surely try to flee from its power.

23Men will clap their hands at him
         And will hiss him from his place.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
As God liveth, who hath taken away my right, And the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul:

Douay-Rheims Bible
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment, and the Almighty, who hath brought my soul to bitterness,

Darby Bible Translation
As �God liveth, who hath taken away my right, and the Almighty, who hath embittered my soul,

English Revised Version
As God liveth, who hath taken away my right; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;

Webster's Bible Translation
As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty who hath afflicted my soul;

World English Bible
"As God lives, who has taken away my right, the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter.

Young's Literal Translation
God liveth! He turned aside my judgment, And the Mighty -- He made my soul bitter.
The Touchstone of Godly Sincerity
Who, then, is this "wicked man," thus portrayed before us? And what are the first symptoms of his depravity? We ask not the question idly, but in order that we take heed against the uprise of such an evil in ourselves. "Beneath the saintly veil the votary of sin May lurk unseen; and to that eye alone Which penetrates the heart, may stand revealed." The hypocrite is very often an exceedingly neat imitation of the Christian. To the common observer he is so good a counterfeit that he entirely escapes
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Whether Hypocrisy is Contrary to the virtue of Truth?
Objection 1: It seems that hypocrisy is not contrary to the virtue of truth. For in dissimulation or hypocrisy there is a sign and a thing signified. Now with regard to neither of these does it seem to be opposed to any special virtue: for a hypocrite simulates any virtue, and by means of any virtuous deeds, such as fasting, prayer and alms deeds, as stated in Mat. 6:1-18. Therefore hypocrisy is not specially opposed to the virtue of truth. Objection 2: Further, all dissimulation seems to proceed
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

On the Interior Man
The interior man is the rational soul; in the apostle: have in your hearts, in the interior man, Christ through faith. [Eph. 3:16] His head is Christ; in the apostle: the head of the man is Christ. [I Cor. 11:3] The crown of the head is the height of righteousness; in Solomon: for the crown of your head has received the crown of grace. The same in a bad part: the crown of hairs having walked about in their own delights, that is, in the height of iniquity. [Prov. 4:9; Ps. 67(68):22(21)] The hair is
St. Eucherius of Lyons—The Formulae of St. Eucherius of Lyons

Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
Monday, July 30.--l preached at Bingham, ten miles from Nottingham. I really admired the exquisite stupidity of the people. They gaped and stared while I was speaking of death and judgment, as if they had never heard of such things before. And they were not helped by two surly, ill-mannered clergymen, who seemed to be just as wise as themselves. The congregation at Houghton in the evening was more noble, behaving with the utmost decency. Tuesday, 31.--At nine I preached in the market place at Loughborough,
John Wesley—The Journal of John Wesley

The Work of Jesus Christ as an Advocate,
CLEARLY EXPLAINED, AND LARGELY IMPROVED, FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BELIEVERS. 1 John 2:1--"And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." By JOHN BUNYAN, Author of "The Pilgrim's Progress." London: Printed for Dorman Newman, at the King's Arms, in the Poultry, 1689. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. This is one of the most interesting of Bunyan's treatises, to edit which required the Bible at my right hand, and a law dictionary on my left. It was very frequently republished;
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

The Sinner Arraigned and Convicted.
1. Conviction of guilt necessary.--2. A charge of rebellion against God advanced.--3. Where it is shown--that all men are born under God's law.--4. That no man hath perfectly kept it.--5. An appeal to the reader's conscience on this head, that he hath not.--6. That to have broken it, is an evil inexpressibly great.--7. Illustrated by a more particular view of the aggravations of this guilt, arising--from knowledge.--8. From divine favors received.--9. From convictions of conscience overborne.--10.
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

God's Sovereignty and Prayer
"If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us" (1 John 5:14). Throughout this book it has been our chief aim to exalt the Creator and abase the creature. The well-nigh universal tendency now, is to magnify man and dishonour and degrade God. On every hand it will be found that, when spiritual things are under discussion, the human side and element is pressed and stressed, and the Divine side, if not altogether ignored, is relegated to the background. This holds true of very much of the
Arthur W. Pink—The Sovereignty of God

The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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