27:2 [As] God liveth, [who] hath taken away my a judgment; and the Almighty, [who] hath vexed my soul;
(a) He has so sore afflicted me that men cannot
judge my uprightness; for they judge only by outward signs.
My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
(b) However men judge me, yet will I not speak
contrary to that which I have said, and so do wickedly in betraying the truth.
27:5 God forbid that I should c
justify you: till I die I will not remove mine d
integrity from me.
(c) Which condemns me as a wicked man, because
the hand of God is on me.
(d) I will not confess that God does thus punish
me for my sins.
27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let
it go: my heart shall not reproach [me] so long as I e
(e) Of my life past.
27:8 For what [is] the f
hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
(f) What advantage has the dissembler to gain,
seeing he will lose his own soul?
I will teach you by the hand of g God:
[that] which [is] with the Almighty will I not conceal.
(g) That is, what God reserves for himself, and
of which he gives not knowledge to all.
27:12 Behold, all ye yourselves h
have seen [it]; why then are ye thus altogether i
h That is, these secret judgments of
God and yet do not understand them.
(i) Why do you then maintain this error?
27:13 This [is] the k
portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, [which] they
shall receive of the Almighty.
(k) Thus will God order the wicked, and punish
him even to his posterity.
27:15 Those that remain of
him shall be buried in death: and his widows l
shall not weep.
(l) No one will lament him.
He buildeth his house as a m moth, and
as a booth [that] the keeper maketh.
(m) Which breeds in another man's possessions
or garment, but is soon shaken out.
27:19 The rich man shall lie down, but n
he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he [is] not.
(n) He means that the wicked tyrants will not
have a quiet death, nor be buried honourably.