Job, Chapter 21

21:1 Then Job answered and said,
21:2 Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your+ consolations.
21:3 Allow me, and I also will speak; And after I have spoken, mock on.
21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?
21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your+ hand on your+ mouth.
21:6 Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror takes hold on my flesh.
21:7 Why do the wicked live, Become old, yes, wax mighty in power?
21:8 Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes.
21:9 Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God on them.
21:10 Their bull genders, and does not fail; Their cow calves, and does not cast her calf.
21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance.
21:12 They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
21:13 They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to Sheol.
21:14 And they say to God, Depart from us; For we do not desire knowledge of your ways.
21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray to him?
21:16 Look, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
21:17 How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes on them? That [God] distributes sorrows in his anger?
21:18 That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm carries away?
21:19 [You+ say], God lays up his iniquity for his sons. Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it:
21:20 Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21:21 For what does he care for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off?
21:22 Will any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judges those who are high?
21:23 One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet:
21:24 His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened.
21:25 And another dies in bitterness of soul, And never tastes of good.
21:26 They lie down alike in the dust, And the maggot covers them.
21:27 Look, I know your+ thoughts, And the devices with which you+ would wrong me.
21:28 For you+ say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent in which the wicked dwelt?
21:29 Have you+ not asked wayfaring men? And don't you+ know their evidences,
21:30 That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are led forth to the day of wrath?
21:31 Who will declare his way to his face? And who will repay him what he has done?
21:32 Yet he will be borne to the grave, And men will keep watch over the tomb.
21:33 The clods of the valley will be sweet to him, And all of man will draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.
21:34 How then do you+ comfort me in vain, Seeing in your+ answers there remains [only] falsehood?

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