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27:1 Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, 27:2 As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul; 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; 27:4 My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
27:7 Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
27:8 For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? 27:9 Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? 27:10 Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God? 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain? 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
27:14 If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
27:15 Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
27:16 Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; 27:17 He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
27:20 Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
27:21 The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
27:22 For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

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Everything King James Bible:Job
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Job
Chapter: 27

Job protests his sincerity. (1-6) The Hypocrite is without
Hope. (7-10) The miserable End of the wicked. (11-23)

1-6 Job's friends now suffered him to speak, and he proceeded
in a Grave and useful manner. Job had confidence in the Goodness
both of his cause and of his God; and cheerfully committed his
cause to him. But Job had not due reverence when he spake of God
as taking away his Judgment, and vexing his soul. To resolve
that our hearts shall not reproach us, while we Hold Fast our
integrity, baffles the designs of the evil Spirit.

7-10 Job looked upon the condition of a Hypocrite and a wicked
Man, to be most miserable. If they gained through Life By their
profession, and kept up their presumptuous Hope till Death, what
would that avail when God required their souls? The more comfort
we find in our religion, the more closely we shall cleave to it.
Those who have No delight in God, are easily drawn away By the
pleasures, and easily overcome By the crosses of this Life.

11-23 Job's friends, On the same subject, spoke of the misery
of wicked men before Death as proportioned to their crimes; Job
considered that if it were not So, still the consequences of
their Death would be dreadful. Job undertook to set this matter
in a true Light. Death to a godly Man, is like a fair gale of
wind to convey him to the heavenly country; but, to a wicked
Man, it is like a storm, that hurries him away to Destruction.
While he lived, he had the benefit of sparing Mercy; but now the
Day of God's patience is over, and he will pour out upon him his
wrath. When God casts down a Man, there is No flying from, nor
bearing up under his Anger. Those who will not now flee to the
arms of Divine Grace, which are stretched out to receive them,
will not be able to flee from the arms of Divine wrath, which
will shortly be stretched out to destroy them. And what is a Man
profited if he gain the whole world, and thus lose his own soul?

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