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Job 21

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 1 Then Job answered and said,

 2 "Listen diligently to what I say, and let this be your consolations.

 3 Allow me to speak; and after I have spoken, continue your mocking.

 4 As for me, is my complaint to man? And if it were so, why would my spirit not be troubled?

 5 Consider me well, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.

 6 Even when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling takes hold on my flesh.

 7 Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and are mighty in power?

 8 Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes.

 9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

 10 Their bull breeds, and does not fail; their cow calves, and does not miscarry her calf.

 11 They send out their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the flute.

 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

 14 Therefore they say to God, 'Depart from us; for we do not desire the knowledge of your ways.

 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray to him?'

 16 Lo, their good is not in their hand; the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

 17 How often is the candle of the wicked put out? How often does their destruction come upon them? That God distributes sorrows in his anger?

 18 That they are like stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carries away?

 19 You say, 'God lays up his iniquity for His children.' Let Him repay him, so that he may know it.

 20 Let his own eyes see his destruction, and let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

 21 For what pleasure does he have in his household after he is gone, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

 22 Shall anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges those who are on high?

 23 One dies in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet;

 24 His bowels are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

 25 But another man dies in the bitterness of his soul, and never eats with pleasure.

 26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

 27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the schemes that you wrongfully imagine against me.

 28 For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? Where is the dwelling place of the wicked?'

 29 Have you not asked those who travel the way? And do you not know their accounts,

 30 That the wicked are spared from the day of destruction? They shall be brought forth from the day of wrath.

 31 Who declares his way to his face? And who shall repay him for what he has done?

 32 Yet he shall be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

 33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him, and every man shall follow after him [to the grave], as there are innumerable who have gone before him.

 34 How can you comfort me with empty words, since falsehood remains in your answers?"


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