Job 21

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1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “Keep listening to my words, and let this be your comfort. (Job 13:17) 3 Bear with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on. (Job 16:10; Job 16:20; Job 17:2) 4 As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient? (Job 10:1; Job 23:2) 5 Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hand over your mouth. (Jud 18:19; Job 29:9; Job 40:4) 6 When I remember, I am dismayed, and shuddering seizes my flesh. 7 Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power? (Job 12:6; Ps 17:14; Ps 37:1; Ps 37:35; Ps 73:3; Ps 73:5; Ps 92:7; Ec 8:14; Jer 12:1; Hab 1:13; Hab 1:16; Mal 3:14) 8 Their offspring are established in their presence, and their descendants before their eyes. (Job 5:25) 9 Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them. (Job 5:24; Job 9:34) 10 Their bull breeds without fail; their cow calves and does not miscarry. (Ex 23:26) 11 They send out their little boys like a flock, and their children dance. (Ps 17:14) 12 They sing to the tambourine and the lyre and rejoice to the sound of the pipe. (Ge 4:21; Ex 15:20; Job 30:31) 13 They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol. (Job 7:9; Job 14:13; Job 17:13; Job 24:19; Job 34:20; Job 36:11; Ps 16:10) 14 They say to God, ‘Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of your ways. (Job 22:17) 15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’ (Ex 5:2; Job 34:9) 16 Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me. (Job 22:18; Ps 1:1) 17 “How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon them? That God[1] distributes pains in his anger? (Job 18:5) 18 That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away? (Job 13:25; Ps 1:4; Ps 35:5; Ps 83:13; Isa 17:13; Isa 29:5) 19 You say, ‘God stores up their iniquity for their children.’ Let him pay it out to them, that they may know it. (Ex 20:5; Job 15:20; Isa 9:9; Eze 25:14; Ho 9:7) 20 Let their own eyes see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty. (Ps 60:3; Ps 75:8; Isa 51:17; Isa 51:22; Jer 25:15; Ob 1:16; Re 14:10) 21 For what do they care for their houses after them, when the number of their months is cut off? (Job 14:5) 22 Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those who are on high? (Job 4:18; Job 15:15; Isa 40:14; Ro 11:34; 1Co 2:16) 23 One dies in his full vigor, being wholly at ease and secure, 24 his pails[2] full of milk and the marrow of his bones moist. (Pr 3:8; Isa 58:11; Isa 66:14) 25 Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of prosperity. (Job 7:11) 26 They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them. (Job 20:11; Ec 9:2; Isa 14:11) 27 “Behold, I know your thoughts and your schemes to wrong me. 28 For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’ (Job 8:22; Job 15:34; Job 20:6) 29 Have you not asked those who travel the roads, and do you not accept their testimony 30 that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath? (Pr 16:4; 2Pe 2:9) 31 Who declares his way to his face, and who repays him for what he has done? (De 7:10; Ho 5:5; Ga 2:11) 32 When he is carried to the grave, watch is kept over his tomb. (Job 10:19) 33 The clods of the valley are sweet to him; all mankind follows after him, and those who go before him are innumerable. (Job 30:23; Job 38:38; Heb 9:27) 34 How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”