Job 21
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1Then Job answered: 1Then Job answered:
2Pay close attention to my words; let this be the consolation you offer. 2“Listen carefully to my words; let this be your consolation to me.
3Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may continue mocking. 3Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may go on mocking.
4As for me, is my complaint against a man? Then why shouldn't I be impatient? 4Is my complaint against a man? Then why should I not be impatient?
5Look at me and shudder; put your hand over your mouth. 5Look at me and be astonished; put your hand over your mouth.
6When I think about it, I am terrified and my body trembles in horror. 6When I remember, terror takes hold, and my body trembles in horror.
7Why do the wicked continue to live, growing old and becoming powerful? 7Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
8Their children are established while they are still alive, and their descendants, before their eyes. 8Their descendants are established around them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9Their homes are secure and free of fear; no rod from God strikes them. 9Their homes are safe from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.
10Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry. 10Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11They let their little ones run around like lambs; their children skip about, 11They send forth their little ones like a flock; their children skip about,
12singing to the tambourine and lyre and rejoicing at the sound of the flute. 12singing to the tambourine and lyre and making merry at the sound of the flute.
13They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace. 13They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace.
14Yet they say to God: "Leave us alone! We don't want to know Your ways. 14Yet they say to God: ’Leave us alone! For we have no desire to know Your ways.
15Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what will we gain by pleading with Him?" 15Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what would we gain if we pray to Him?’
16But their prosperity is not of their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me! 16Yet their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stay far from the counsel of the wicked.
17How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? Does disaster come on them? Does He apportion destruction in His anger? 17How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? Does disaster come upon them? Does God, in His anger, apportion destruction?
18Are they like straw before the wind, like chaff a storm sweeps away? 18Are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a storm?
19God reserves a person's punishment for his children. Let God repay the person himself, so that he may know it. 19It is said that God lays up one’s punishment for his children. Let God repay the man himself, so that he may know it.
20Let his own eyes see his demise; let him drink from the Almighty's wrath! 20Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink for himself the wrath of the Almighty.
21For what does he care about his family once he is dead, when the number of his months has run out? 21For what does he care about his household after him, when the number of his months has run out?
22Can anyone teach God knowledge, since He judges the exalted ones? 22Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges those on high?
23One person dies in excellent health, completely secure and at ease. 23One man dies full of vigor, completely secure and at ease.
24His body is well fed, and his bones are full of marrow. 24His body is well nourished, and his bones are rich with marrow.
25Yet another person dies with a bitter soul, having never tasted prosperity. 25Yet another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, having never tasted prosperity.
26But they both lie in the dust, and worms cover them. 26But together they lie down in the dust, and worms cover them both.
27I know your thoughts very well, the schemes you would wrong me with. 27Behold, I know your thoughts full well, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28For you say, "Where now is the nobleman's house?" and "Where are the tents the wicked lived in?" 28For you say, ’Where now is the nobleman’s house, and where are the tents in which the wicked dwell?’
29Have you never consulted those who travel the roads? Don't you accept their reports? 29Have you never asked those who travel the roads? Do you not accept their reports?
30Indeed, the evil man is spared from the day of disaster, rescued from the day of wrath. 30Indeed, the evil man is spared from the day of calamity, delivered from the day of wrath.
31Who would denounce his behavior to his face? Who would repay him for what he has done? 31Who will denounce his behavior to his face? Who will repay him for what he has done?
32He is carried to the grave, and someone keeps watch over his tomb. 32He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33The dirt on his grave is sweet to him. Everyone follows behind him, and those who go before him are without number. 33The clods of the valley are sweet to him; everyone follows behind him, and those before him are without number.
34So how can you offer me such futile comfort? Your answers are deceptive. 34So how can you comfort me with empty words? For your answers remain full of falsehood.”
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