English Revised Version

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 Yet they said 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 pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

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 breasts 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 which ye wrongfully imagine against 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 them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens? 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 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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