2 “·As surely as God lives [By the living God], who has ·taken away [turned aside] my rights, ·the Almighty [Shaddai], who has made me ·unhappy [bitter], 3 as long as ·I am alive [my breath is in me] and God’s ·breath of life [L spirit; breath; Gen. 2:7; Eccl. 12:7] is in my nose, 4 my lips will not speak ·evil [or falsehood], and my tongue will not ·tell [L mutter] ·a lie [deceit]. 5 ·I will never [Far be it from me to] ·agree [concede] you are right; until I ·die [expire], I will never ·stop saying I am innocent [L turn aside my innocence]. 6 I will ·insist that I am right [L embrace my righteousness]; I will not ·back down [weaken]. ·My conscience will never bother me [L My heart will not reproach my days].
7 “Let my enemies be like evil people, ·my foes [those who rise up against me] like ·those who are wrong [the guilty]. 8 What hope do the wicked have when they ·die [L are cut off], when God ·takes their life away [requires their life]? 9 God will not listen to their cries when trouble comes to them. 10 ·They will not [Will they…?] find joy in ·the Almighty [Shaddai], ·even though [or will…?] they call out to God all the time.
11 “I will ·teach [instruct] you about the ·power [L hand] of God and will not ·hide [conceal] ·the ways of [L that which is with] ·the Almighty [Shaddai]. 12 You have all seen this yourselves. ·So why are we having all this talk that means nothing [L Why have you become so meaningless/vaporous/vain]?
13 “Here is ·what God has planned for evil people [L the lot of evil people with God], and ·that the Almighty will give to cruel people [L the inheritance that the cruel receive from the Almighty/Shaddai]: 14 They may have many children, but the sword will kill them. Their ·children [L offspring] will never have enough ·to eat [L bread; food]. 15 Then those who are left will die of disease and be buried, and the widows will not even cry for them. 16 ·The wicked [L They] may heap up silver like ·piles of dirt [dust] and ·have so many clothes they are like piles of clay [pile up clothes like mounds of earth/clay]. 17 But ·good people [the righteous] will wear ·what evil people have gathered [L them], and the innocent will ·divide up [distribute among themselves] their silver. 18 ·The houses the wicked build are [L They will build their houses] like a ·spider’s web [or moth’s cocoon], like a ·hut [booth; shelter] that a guard builds. 19 ·The wicked are rich when they go to bed [L They may lie down wealthy], but ·they are rich for the last time [L not again]; when they open their eyes, everything is gone. 20 ·Fears [Terrors] ·come over [overtake] them like ·a flood [waters], and a storm snatches them away in the night. 21 The east wind will ·carry them away [L lift them up], and then they are gone, because it sweeps them out of their place. 22 ·The wind [or God; L He; It] will hit them without mercy as they ·try to run away [flee] from ·its power [or his power/hand]. 23 It will be as if ·the wind [or God; L he; it] is clapping ·its [or his] hands; ·it [or he] will ·whistle [or hiss] at them as they run from their place [C clapping and hissing are gestures of contempt].
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