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Job 21

Job sheweth that even in the judgment of man he hath reason to be grieved.

Job 21:1 Then Job answered and said, Job 21:2 Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations. Job 21:3 Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on. Job 21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient? Job 21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth. Job 21:6 Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror taketh hold on my flesh.

Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God.

Job 21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power? Job 21:8 Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes. Job 21:9 Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them. Job 21:10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf. Job 21:11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance. Job 21:12 They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe. Job 21:13 They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to Sheol. Job 21:14 And they say unto God, Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

Sometimes their destruction is manifest.

Job 21:16 Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me. Job 21:17 How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity cometh upon them? That [God] distributeth sorrows in his anger? Job 21:18 That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm carrieth away? Job 21:19 [Ye say], God layeth up his iniquity for his children. Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it: Job 21:20 Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. Job 21:21 For what careth he for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off?

The happy and unhappy are alike in death.

Job 21:22 Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high? Job 21:23 One dieth in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet: Job 21:24 His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened. Job 21:25 And another dieth in bitterness of soul, And never tasteth of good. Job 21:26 They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

The judgment of the wicked is in another world.

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices wherewith ye would wrong me. Job 21:28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt? Job 21:29 Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences, Job 21:30 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? And who shall repay him what he hath done? Job 21:32 Yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the tomb. Job 21:33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall draw after him, As there were innumerable before him. Job 21:34 How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth [only] falsehood?

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