Job 21
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1Then Job answered and said:1Then Job answered:
2“Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your consolation.2“Listen carefully to my words; let this be your consolation to me.
3Bear with me that I may speak, And after I have spoken, keep mocking.3Bear with me while I speak; then after I have spoken, you may go on mocking.
4“As for me, is my complaint against man? And if it were, why should I not be impatient?4Is my complaint against a man? Then why should I not be impatient?
5Look at me and be astonished; Put your hand over your mouth.5Look at me and be astonished; put your hand over your mouth.
6Even when I remember I am terrified, And trembling takes hold of my flesh.6When I remember, terror takes hold, and my body trembles in horror.
7Why do the wicked live and become old, Yes, become mighty in power?7Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
8Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes.8Their descendants are established around them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.9Their homes are safe from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.
10Their bull breeds without failure; Their cow calves without miscarriage.10Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance.11They send forth their little ones like a flock; their children skip about,
12They sing to the tambourine and harp, And rejoice to 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 wealth, And in a moment go down to the grave.13They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace.
14Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of 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 profit do we have if we pray to Him?’15Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what would we gain if we pray to Him?’
16Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand; 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.
17“How often is the lamp of the wicked put out? How often does their destruction come upon them, The sorrows God distributes 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?
18They are like straw before the wind, And like chaff that a storm carries away.18Are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a storm?
19They say, ‘God lays up one’s iniquity for his children’; Let Him recompense him, 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 eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.20Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink for himself the wrath of the Almighty.
21For what does he care about his household after him, When the number of his months is cut in half?21For what does he care about his household after him, when the number of his months has run out?
22“Can anyone teach God knowledge, Since He judges those on high?22Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges those on high?
23One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and secure;23One man dies full of vigor, completely secure and at ease.
24His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moist.24His body is well nourished, and his bones are rich with marrow.
25Another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, Never having eaten with pleasure.25Yet another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, having never tasted prosperity.
26They lie down alike in the dust, And worms cover them.26But together they lie down in the dust, and worms cover them both.
27“Look, I know your thoughts, And the schemes with which you would wrong me.27Behold, I know your thoughts full well, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent, The dwelling place of the wicked?’28For you say, ’Where now is the nobleman’s house, and where are the tents in which the wicked dwell?’
29Have you not asked those who travel the road? And do you not know their signs?29Have you never asked those who travel the roads? Do you not accept their reports?
30For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.30Indeed, the evil man is spared from the day of calamity, delivered from the day of wrath.
31Who condemns his way to his face? And who repays him for what he has done?31Who will denounce his behavior to his face? Who will repay him for what he has done?
32Yet he shall be brought to the grave, And a vigil kept over the tomb.32He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him; Everyone shall follow him, As countless have gone before him.33The clods of the valley are sweet to him; everyone follows behind him, and those before him are without number.
34How then can you comfort me with empty words, Since falsehood remains in your answers?”34So how can you comfort me with empty words? For your answers remain full of falsehood.”
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