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Job 21

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

Job 21:1 Iob answered, and sayde: Job 21:2 O heare my wordes, and amende yor selues. Job 21:3 Suffre me a litle, that I maye speake also, and the laugh my wordes to scorne, yf ye will. Job 21:4 Is it with a man, that I make this disputacio? Which yf it were so, shulde not my sprete be the in sore trouble? Job 21:5 Marck me well, be abasshed, and laye youre hade vpon youre mouth. Job 21:6 For whe I pondre & considre this, I am afrayed, and my flesh is smytten with feare.

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

Job 21:7 Wherfore do wicked me lyue in health and prosperite, come to their olde age, & increase in riches? Job 21:8 Their childers children lyue in their sight, & their generacion before their eyes. Job 21:9 Their houses are safe from all feare, for the rodd of God doth not smyte the. Job 21:10 Their bullocke gendreth, and that not out of tyme: their cow calueth, and is not vnfrutefull. Job 21:11 They sende forth their children by flockes, and their sonnes lede the daunce. Job 21:12 They beare with them tabrettes and harpes, and haue instrumentes of musick at their pleasure. Job 21:13 They spende their dayes in welthynesse: but sodenly they go downe to hell. Job 21:14 They saye vnto God: go from vs, we desyre not the knowlege of thy wayes. Job 21:15 What maner of felowe is the Allmightie, that we shulde serue him? What profit shulde we haue, to submitte oure selues vnto him?

Sometimes their destruction is manifest.

Job 21:16 Lo, there is vtterly no goodnesse in them, therfore will not I haue to do with the councell of the vngodly. Job 21:17 How oft shal the candle of ye wicked be put out? how oft commeth their destruccion vpon them? O what sorowe shall God geue them for their parte in his wrath? Job 21:18 Yee they shal be euen as chaffe before the wynde, and as dust that the storme carieth awaye. Job 21:19 And though God saue their childre from soch sorowe, yet wil he so rewarde theselues, that they shal knowe it. Job 21:20 Their owne destruccion and misery shal they se with their eyes, and drynke of the fearfull wrath of the Allmighty. Job 21:21 For whath careth he, what become of his housholde after his death? whose monethes passe awaye swifter then an arowe.

The happy and unhappy are alike in death.

Job 21:22 In as moch the as God hath ye hyest power of all, who can teach him eny knowlege? Job 21:23 One dyeth now when he is mightie & at his best, rich and in prosperite: Job 21:24 euen when his bowels are at the fattest, and his bones full of mary. Job 21:25 Another dyeth in sorowe and heuynesse, and neuer had good daies. Job 21:26 Now slepe they both a like in the earth, & the wormes couer them.

The judgment of the wicked is in another world.

Job 21:27 But I knowe what ye thinke, yee and what ye ymagin agaynst me vnrightuously. Job 21:28 For ye saye: where is the prynces palace? where is the dwellynge of the vngodly: Job 21:29 Axe eny man that goeth by the waye, and (yf ye will not regarde their tokens & dedes) he shal tell you, Job 21:30 that the wicked is kepte vnto the daye of destruccion, and that the vngodly shalbe brought forth in the daye of wrath. Job 21:31 Who darre reproue him for his wayes to his face? who rewardeth him for the vngraciousnesse that he doth? Job 21:32 Yet shal he be brought to his graue, and watch amonge the heape of the deed. Job 21:33 The shal he be fayne to be buried amoge the stones by the broke syde. All men must folowe him, & there are innumerable gone before him. Job 21:34 O how vayne is the comforte yt ye geue me? Are not youre answeres cleane contrary to right and treuth?

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