The Book of Job (WEB)
21: 1Then Job answered,
21:2"Listen diligently to my speech.
Let this be your consolation.
21:3Allow me, and I also will speak;
After I have spoken, mock on.
21:4As for me, is my complaint to man?
Why shouldn't I be impatient?
21:5Look at me, and be astonished.
Lay your hand on your mouth.
21:6When I remember, I am troubled.
Horror takes hold of my flesh.
21:7"Why do the wicked live,
Become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?
21:8Their child is established with them in their sight,
Their offspring before their eyes.
21:9Their houses are safe from fear,
Neither is the rod of God upon them.
21:10Their bulls breed without fail.
Their cows calve, and don't miscarry.
21:11They send forth their little ones like a flock.
Their children dance.
21:12They sing to the tambourine and harp,
And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
21:13They spend their days in prosperity.
In an instant they go down to Sheol.
21:14They tell God, 'Depart from us,
For we don't want to know about your ways.
21:15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
What profit should we have, if we pray to him?'
21:16Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand:
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
21:17"How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
That their calamity comes on them?
That God distributes sorrows in his anger?
21:18That they are as stubble before the wind,
As chaff that the storm carries away?
21:19You say, 'God lays up his iniquity for his children.'
Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.
21:20Let his own eyes see his destruction.
Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21:21For what does he care for his house after him,
When the number of his months is cut off?
21:22"Shall any teach God knowledge,
Seeing he judges those who are high?
21:23One dies in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and quiet.
21:24His pails are full of milk.
The marrow of his bones is moistened.
21:25Another dies in bitterness of soul,
And never tastes of good.
21:26They lie down alike in the dust,
The worm covers them.
21:27"Behold, I know your thoughts,
The devices with which you would wrong me.
21:28For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince?
Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?'
21:29Haven't you asked wayfaring men?
Don't you know their evidences,
21:30That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity?
That they are led forth to the day of wrath?
21:31Who shall declare his way to his face?
Who shall repay him what he has done?
21:32Yet shall he be borne to the grave,
Men shall keep watch over the tomb.
21:33The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him.
All men shall draw after him,
As there were innumerable before him.
21:34So how can you comfort me with nonsense,
Seeing that in your answers there remains only falsehood?"
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