Job 21

Book of Job - Chapter 21

Job 21:1

Then Job answered,

Job 21:2

"Listen diligently to my speech. Let this be your consolation.

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Allow me, and I also will speak; After I have spoken, mock on.

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As for me, is my complaint to man? Why shouldn't I be impatient?

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Look at me, and be astonished. Lay your hand on your mouth.

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When I remember, I am troubled. Horror takes hold of my flesh.

Job 21:7

"Why do the wicked live, become old, yes, and grow mighty in power?

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Their child is established with them in their sight, their offspring before their eyes.

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

Job 21:10

Their bulls breed without fail. Their cows calve, and don't miscarry.

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They send forth their little ones like a flock. Their children dance.

Job 21:12

They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

Job 21:13

They spend their days in prosperity. In an instant they go down to Sheol.

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They tell God, 'Depart from us, for we don't want to know about your ways.

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What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What profit should we have, if we pray to 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 it that the lamp of the wicked is put out, that their calamity comes on them, that God distributes sorrows in his anger?

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How often is it that they are as stubble before the wind, as chaff that the storm carries away?

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You say, 'God lays up his iniquity for his children.' Let him recompense it to himself, that he may know it.

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Let his own eyes see his destruction. Let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

Job 21:21

For what does he care for his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?

Job 21:22

"Shall any teach God knowledge, since he judges those who are high?

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

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His pails are full of milk. The marrow of his bones is moistened.

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Another dies in bitterness of soul, and never tastes of good.

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They lie down alike in the dust. The worm covers them.

Job 21:27

"Behold, I know your thoughts, the devices with which you would wrong me.

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For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?'

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Haven't you asked wayfaring men? Don't you know their evidences,

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that the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity, That they are led forth to the day of wrath?

Job 21:31

Who shall declare his way to his face? Who shall repay him what he has done?

Job 21:32

Yet he will be borne to the grave. Men shall keep watch over the tomb.

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The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him. All men shall draw after him, as there were innumerable before him.

Job 21:34

So how can you comfort me with nonsense, because in your answers there remains only falsehood?"