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Chapter 27

Job’s Reply. Job took up his theme again and said:

As God lives,[a] who takes away my right,(A)
    the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,
So long as I still have life breath in me,
    the breath of God in my nostrils,

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  1. 27:2–6 As God lives…far be it: Job affirms two oaths about his innocence by the very God whom he has accused of violating his right. Such is the paradoxical situation of a tortured person who cannot give the lie to his personal justice, but also refuses to renounce God. He dares God to be “just” as he, Job, understands this.

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