Job 21
Holman Christian Standard BibleNew Living Translation
1Then Job answered: 1Then Job spoke again:
2Pay close attention to my words; let this be the consolation you offer. 2“Listen closely to what I am saying. That’s one consolation you can give me.
3Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may continue mocking. 3Bear with me, and let me speak. After I have spoken, you may resume mocking me.
4As for me, is my complaint against a man? Then why shouldn't I be impatient? 4“My complaint is with God, not with people. I have good reason to be so impatient.
5Look at me and shudder; put your hand over your mouth. 5Look at me and be stunned. Put your hand over your mouth in shock.
6When I think about it, I am terrified and my body trembles in horror. 6When I think about what I am saying, I shudder. My body trembles.
7Why do the wicked continue to live, growing old and becoming powerful? 7“Why do the wicked prosper, growing old and powerful?
8Their children are established while they are still alive, and their descendants, before their eyes. 8They live to see their children grow up and settle down, and they enjoy their grandchildren.
9Their homes are secure and free of fear; no rod from God strikes them. 9Their homes are safe from every fear, and God does not punish them.
10Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry. 10Their bulls never fail to breed. Their cows bear calves and never miscarry.
11They let their little ones run around like lambs; their children skip about, 11They let their children frisk about like lambs. Their little ones skip and dance.
12singing to the tambourine and lyre and rejoicing at the sound of the flute. 12They sing with tambourine and harp. They celebrate to the sound of the flute.
13They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace. 13They spend their days in prosperity, then go down to the grave in peace.
14Yet they say to God: "Leave us alone! We don't want to know Your ways. 14And yet they say to God, ‘Go away. We want no part of you and your ways.
15Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what will we gain by pleading with Him?" 15Who is the Almighty, and why should we obey him? What good will it do us to pray?’
16But their prosperity is not of their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me! 16(They think their prosperity is of their own doing, but I will have nothing to do with that kind of thinking.)
17How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? Does disaster come on them? Does He apportion destruction in His anger? 17“Yet the light of the wicked never seems to be extinguished. Do they ever have trouble? Does God distribute sorrows to them in anger?
18Are they like straw before the wind, like chaff a storm sweeps away? 18Are they driven before the wind like straw? Are they carried away by the storm like chaff? Not at all!
19God reserves a person's punishment for his children. Let God repay the person himself, so that he may know it. 19“‘Well,’ you say, ‘at least God will punish their children!’ But I say he should punish the ones who sin, so that they understand his judgment.
20Let his own eyes see his demise; let him drink from the Almighty's wrath! 20Let them see their destruction with their own eyes. Let them drink deeply of the anger 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 they will not care what happens to their family after they are dead.
22Can anyone teach God knowledge, since He judges the exalted ones? 22“But who can teach a lesson to God, since he judges even the most powerful?
23One person dies in excellent health, completely secure and at ease. 23One person dies in prosperity, completely comfortable and secure,
24His body is well fed, and his bones are full of marrow. 24the picture of good health, vigorous and fit.
25Yet another person dies with a bitter soul, having never tasted prosperity. 25Another person dies in bitter poverty, never having tasted the good life.
26But they both lie in the dust, and worms cover them. 26But both are buried in the same dust, both eaten by the same maggots.
27I know your thoughts very well, the schemes you would wrong me with. 27“Look, I know what you’re thinking. I know the schemes you plot against me.
28For you say, "Where now is the nobleman's house?" and "Where are the tents the wicked lived in?" 28You will tell me of rich and wicked people whose houses have vanished because of their sins.
29Have you never consulted those who travel the roads? Don't you accept their reports? 29But ask those who have been around, and they will tell you the truth.
30Indeed, the evil man is spared from the day of disaster, rescued from the day of wrath. 30Evil people are spared in times of calamity and are allowed to escape disaster.
31Who would denounce his behavior to his face? Who would repay him for what he has done? 31No one criticizes them openly or pays them back for what they have done.
32He is carried to the grave, and someone keeps watch over his tomb. 32When they are carried to the grave, an honor guard keeps watch at their tomb.
33The dirt on his grave is sweet to him. Everyone follows behind him, and those who go before him are without number. 33A great funeral procession goes to the cemetery. Many pay their respects as the body is laid to rest, and the earth gives sweet repose.
34So how can you offer me such futile comfort? Your answers are deceptive. 34“How can your empty clichés comfort me? All your explanations are lies!”
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