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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?”