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.
27:4b My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter
(b) However men judge me, yet will I not speak contrary to
that which I have said, and so do wickedly in betraying
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
27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my
heart shall not reproach [me] so long as I e live.
(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?
27:11 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 vain?
h That is, these secret judgments of God and yet do not
(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
(k) Thus will God order the wicked, and punish him even to
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.
27:18 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.