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Job 21

See commentary, Who Else Will Put Up Security For Me?, Job 17-21     |     See Bible Dictionary

Job shews that even in the judgment of man he has reason to be grieved.

21:1 Then Job answered,

21:2 “Listen diligently to my speech.
Let this be your consolation.

21:3 Allow me, and I also will speak;
After I have spoken, mock on.

21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man?
Why shouldn’t I be impatient?

21:5 Look at me, and be astonished.
Lay your hand on your mouth.

21:6 When I remember, I am troubled.
Horror takes hold of my flesh.

Sometimes the wicked prosper, though they despise God.

21:7 “Why do the wicked live,
become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

21:8 Their child is established with them in their sight,
their offspring before their eyes.

21:9 Their houses are safe from fear,
neither is the rod of God upon them.

21:10 Their bulls breed without fail.
Their cows calve, and don’t miscarry.

21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock.
Their children dance.

21:12 They sing to the tambourine and harp,
and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

21:13 They spend their days in prosperity.
In an instant they go down to Sheol.

21:14 They tell God,

‘Depart from us,
for we don’t want to know about your ways.

21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
What profit should we have, if we pray to him?’

Sometimes their destruction is manifest.

21:16 Behold, 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 How often is it that they are as stubble before the wind,
as chaff that the storm carries away?

21:19 You say,

God lays up his iniquity for his children.’
Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.

21:20 Let his own eyes see his destruction.
Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

The happy and unhappy are alike in death.

21:21 For what does he care for his house after him,
when the number of his months is cut off?

21:22 “Shall 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.
The marrow of his bones is moistened.

21:25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,
and never tastes of good.

21:26 They lie down alike in the dust.
The worm covers them.

The judgment of the wicked is in another world.

21:27 “Behold, I know your thoughts,
the devices with which you would wrong me.

21:28 For you say,

‘Where is the house of the prince?
Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’

21:29 Haven’t you asked wayfaring men?
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 shall declare his way to his face?
Who shall repay him what he has done?

21:32 Yet he will be borne to the grave.
Men shall keep watch over the tomb.

21:33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him.
All men shall draw after him,
as there were innumerable before him.

21:34 So how can you comfort me with nonsense,
seeing that in your answers there remains only falsehood?”

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