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, I beseech you, my words, and do penance. Job 21:3 Suffer me, and I will speak, and after, if you please, laugh at my words. Job 21:4 Is my debate against man, that I should not have just reason to be troubled? Job 21:5 Hearken to me and be astonished, and lay your finger on your mouth. Job 21:6 As for me, when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God.
Job 21:7 Why then do the wicked live, are they advanced, and strengthened with riches? Job 21:8 Their seed continueth before them, a multitude of kinsmen, and of children's children in their sight. Job 21:9 Their houses are secure and peaceable, and the rod of God is not upon them. Job 21:10 Their cattle have conceived, and failed not: their cow has calved, and is not deprived of her fruit. Job 21:11 Their little ones go out like a flock, and their children dance and play. Job 21:12 They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. Job 21:13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment they go down to hell. Job 21:14 Who have said to God: Depart from us, we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. Job 21:15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what doth it profit us if we pray to him?
Sometimes their destruction is manifest.
Job 21:16 Yet because their good things are not in their hand, may the counsel of the wicked be far from me. Job 21:17 How often shall the lamp of the wicked be put out, and a deluge come upon them, and he shall distribute the sorrows of his wrath? Job 21:18 They shall be as chaff before the face of the wind, and as ashes which the whirlwind scattereth. Job 21:19 God shall lay up the sorrow of the father for his children: and when he shall repay, then shall he know. Job 21:20 His eyes shall see his own destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. Job 21:21 For what is it to him what befalleth his house after him: and if the number of his months be diminished by one half?
The happy and unhappy are alike in death.
Job 21:22 Shall any one teach God knowledge, who judgeth those that are high? Job 21:23 One man dieth strong, and hale, rich and happy. Job 21:24 His bowels are full of fat, and his bones are moistened with marrow. Job 21:25 But another dieth in bitterness of soul without any riches: Job 21:26 And yet they shall sleep together in the dust, and worms shall cover them.
The judgment of the wicked is in another world.
Job 21:27 Surely I know your thoughts, and your unjust judgments against me. Job 21:28 For you say: Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked? Job 21:29 Ask any one of them that go by the way, and you shall perceive that he knoweth these same things. Job 21:30 Because the wicked man is reserved to the day of destruction, and he shall be brought to the day of wrath. Job 21:31 Who shall reprove his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done? Job 21:32 He shall be brought to the graves, and shall watch in the heap of the dead. Job 21:33 He hath been acceptable to the gravel of Cocytus, and he shall draw every man after him, and there are innumerable before him. Job 21:34 How then do ye comfort me in vain, whereas your answer is shewn to be repugnant to truth?