Job continues speaking by making a bold statement:
2 “As God lives, who has taken away my justice,
And the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,
3 As long as my breath is in me,
And the breath of God in my nostrils,
4 My lips will not speak wickedness,
Nor my tongue utter deceit.
5 Far be it from me
That I should say you are right;
Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me.
He goes on to say that he will not let go of his righteousness or reproach himself. His words then turn to the wish that his enemy be like the wicked, whose hope is lost. He will lose everything, and God will not hear him. His children will die, his widow will not weep for him, and his riches will be spent by the righteous instead. Storms will hit him and men will clap at him and hiss him out of his place.
Job was hit harder than his friends could imagine. No one seemed to understand how he was not guilty of sin. Yet Job knew his life and actions. He knew his devotion to God. He knew what His relationship with God meant. When people accuse you wrongfully, they may mean well. They may be hateful and vindictive. Either way, do not deny that sowing and reaping is a real principle. Simply be honest, maintain your relationship with God, and maintain your integrity. That is the way to recovery. When you allow resentment and bitterness to creep in, death is not far behind. Look to the God of salvation!