Job sheweth that even in the judgment of man he hath reason to be grieved.
Job 21:1 But Iob answered, and sayd, Job 21:2 Heare diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations. Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speake, and after that I haue spoken, mocke on. Job 21:4 As for mee, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled? Job 21:5 Marke mee, and be astonished, and lay [your] hand vpon [your] mouth. Job 21:6 Euen when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh holde on my flesh.
Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God.
Job 21:7 Wherefore doe the wicked liue, become old, yea, are mightie in power? Job 21:8 Their seede is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes. Job 21:9 Their houses are safe from feare, neither [is] the rod of God vpon them. Job 21:10 Their bull gendreth and faileth not, their cow calueth, and casteth not her calfe. Job 21:11 They send foorth their little ones like a flocke, and their children dance. Job 21:12 They take the timbrell and harpe, and reioyce at the sound of the organe. Job 21:13 They spend their daies in wealth, and in a moment goe downe to the graue. Job 21:14 Therefore they say vnto God, Depart from vs: for we desire not the knowledge of thy wayes. Job 21:15 What [is] the Almightie, that wee should serue him? and what profite should we haue, if we pray vnto him?
Sometimes their destruction is manifest.
Job 21:16 Loe, their good [is] not in their hand, the counsell of the wicked is farre from me. Job 21:17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out? and [how oft] commeth their destruction vpon them? [God] distributeth sorrowes in his anger. Job 21:18 They are as stubble before the winde, and as chaffe that the storme carieth away. Job 21:19 God layeth vp his iniquitie for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know [it]. Job 21:20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drinke of the wrath of the Almightie. Job 21:21 For what pleasure [hath] he in his house after him, when the number of his moneths is cut off in the middest?
The happy and unhappy are alike in death.
Job 21:22 Shall [any] teach God knowledge? seeing he iudgeth those that are high. Job 21:23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet. Job 21:24 His breasts are full of milke, and his bones are moistened with marrow. Job 21:25 And another dieth in the bitternesse of his soule, and neuer eateth with pleasure. Job 21:26 They shall lie downe alike in the dust, and the wormes shall couer them.
The judgment of the wicked is in another world.
Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the deuices [which] yee wrongfully imagine against me. Job 21:28 For ye say, where is the house of the prince? and where [are] the dwelling places of the wicked? Job 21:29 Haue ye not asked them that goe by the way? and doe ye not know their tokens? Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserued to the day of destruction; they shall bee brought foorth to the day of wrath. Job 21:31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him [what] he hath done? Job 21:32 Yet shall hee be brought to the graue, & shall remaine in the tombe. Job 21:33 The cloudes of the valley shalbe sweete vnto him, and euery man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him. Job 21:34 How then comfort ye me in vaine, seeing in your answeres there remaineth falshood?