Job 9:23
Good News Translation
When an innocent person suddenly dies, God laughs.

New Revised Standard Version
When disaster brings sudden death, he mocks at the calamity of the innocent.

Contemporary English Version
When a good person dies a sudden death, God sits back and laughs.

New American Bible
When the scourge slays suddenly, he scoffs at the despair of the innocent.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent.

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Job 1:13-19 Now upon a certain day, when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine, in the house of their eldest brother, . . .

Job 2:7 So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with a very grievous ulcer, from the sole of the foot even to the top of his head:

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Job 4:7 Remember, I pray thee, who ever perished being innocent? or when were the just destroyed?

Job 8:20 God will not cast away the simple, nor reach out his hand to the evil doer:

2 Samuel 14:15,17 Now therefore I am come, to speak this word to my lord the king before the people. And thy handmaid said: I will speak to the king, it maybe the king will perform the request of his handmaid. . . .

Psalm 44:22 Shall not God search out these things: for he knoweth the secrets of the heart. Because for thy sake we are killed all the day long: we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.

Ezekiel 14:19-21 Or if I also send the pestilence upon that land, and pour out my indignation upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast: . . .

Ezekiel 21:13 Because it is tried: and that when it shall overthrow the sceptre, and it shall not be, saith the Lord God.

Hebrews 11:36,37 And others had trial of mockeries and stripes: moreover also of bands and prisons. . . .

Job: How Can I Argue with God?
22One thing there is that I have spoken, both the innocent and the wicked he consumeth. 23If he scourge, let him kill at once, and not laugh at the pains of the innocent.24The earth is given into the hand of the wicked, he covereth the face of the judges thereof: and if it be not he, who is it then?…
Cross References
Genesis 17:17
Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, saying in his heart: Shall a son, thinkest thou, be born to him that is a hundred years old? and shall Sara that is ninety years old bring forth?

Job 24:12
Out of the cities they have made men to groan, and the soul of the wounded hath cried out, and God doth not suffer it to pass unrevenged.

Job 9:22
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