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Job 21


Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked

Job 21:1   Then Job answered,
Job 21:2   "Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your way of consolation.
Job 21:3   "Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock.
Job 21:4   "As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?
Job 21:5   "Look at me, and be astonished, And put your hand over your mouth.
Job 21:6   "Even when I remember, I am disturbed, And horror takes hold of my flesh.
Job 21:7   "Why do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very powerful?
Job 21:8   "Their descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes,
Job 21:9   Their houses are safe from fear, And the rod of God is not on them.
Job 21:10   "His ox mates without fail; His cow calves and does not abort.
Job 21:11   "They send forth their little ones like the flock, And their children skip about.
Job 21:12   "They sing to the timbrel and harp And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
Job 21:13   "They spend their days in prosperity, And suddenly they go down to Sheol.
Job 21:14   "They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Job 21:15   'Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And what would we gain if we entreat Him?'
Job 21:16   "Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Job 21:17   "How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?
Job 21:18   "Are they as straw before the wind, And like chaff which the storm carries away?
Job 21:19   "You say, 'God stores away a man's iniquity for his sons.' Let God repay him so that he may know it.
Job 21:20   "Let his own eyes see his decay, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
Job 21:21   "For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off?
Job 21:22   "Can anyone teach God knowledge, In that He judges those on high?
Job 21:23   "One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and satisfied;
Job 21:24   His sides are filled out with fat, And the marrow of his bones is moist,
Job 21:25   While another dies with a bitter soul, Never even tasting anything good.
Job 21:26   "Together they lie down in the dust, And worms cover them.
Job 21:27   "Behold, I know your thoughts, And the plans by which you would wrong me.
Job 21:28   "For you say, 'Where is the house of the nobleman, And where is the tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?'
Job 21:29   "Have you not asked wayfaring men, And do you not recognize their witness?
Job 21:30   "For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; They will be led forth at the day of fury.
Job 21:31   "Who will confront him with his actions, And who will repay him for what he has done?
Job 21:32   "While he is carried to the grave, Men will keep watch over his tomb.
Job 21:33   "The clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.
Job 21:34   "How then will you vainly comfort me, For your answers remain full of falsehood?"
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