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Job 21

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

Job 21:1 Bvt Iob answered, and sayd, Job 21:2 Heare diligently my wordes, and this shalbe in stead of your consolations. Job 21:3 Suffer mee, that I may speake, and when I haue spoken, mocke on. Job 21:4 Doe I direct my talke to man? If it were so, how should not my spirit be troubled? Job 21:5 Marke mee, and be abashed, and lay your hand vpon your mouth. Job 21:6 Euen when I remember, I am afrayde, and feare taketh hold on my flesh.

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

Job 21:7 Wherefore do the wicked liue, and waxe olde, and grow in wealth? Job 21:8 Their seede is established in their sight with them, and their generation before their eyes. Job 21:9 Their houses are peaceable without feare, and the rod of God is not vpon them. Job 21:10 Their bullocke gendreth, and fayleth not: their cow calueth, and casteth not her calfe. Job 21:11 They send forth their children like sheepe, and their sonnes dance. Job 21:12 They take the tabret & harpe, and reioyce in the sound of the organs. Job 21:13 They spend their dayes in wealth, and suddenly they go downe to the graue. Job 21:14 They say also vnto God, Depart fro vs: for we desire not the knowledge of thy wayes. Job 21:15 Who is the Almightie, that we should serue him? and what profit should we haue, if we should pray vnto him?

Sometimes their destruction is manifest.

Job 21:16 Lo, their wealth is not in their hand: therfore let the counsell of the wicked bee farre from me. Job 21:17 How oft shal the candle of the wicked be put out? and their destruction come vpon them? he wil deuide their liues in his wrath. Job 21:18 They shall be as stubble before the winde, and as chaffe that the storme carieth away. Job 21:19 God wil lay vp the sorowe of the father for his children: when he rewardeth him, hee shall knowe 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 nomber of his moneths is cut off?

The happy and unhappy are alike in death.

Job 21:22 Shall any teache God knowledge, who iudgeth the hiest things? Job 21:23 One dyeth in his full strength, being in all ease and prosperitie. Job 21:24 His breasts are full of milke, and his bones runne full of marowe. Job 21:25 And another dieth in the bitternes of his soule, and neuer eateth with pleasure. Job 21:26 They shal sleepe both in the dust, & the wormes shal couer them.

The judgment of the wicked is in another world.

Job 21:27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the enterprises, wherewith ye do me wrong. Job 21:28 For ye say, Where is the princes house? & where is the tabernacle of the wickeds dwelling? Job 21:29 May ye not aske the that go by the way? and ye can not deny their signes. Job 21:30 But the wicked is kept vnto the day of destruction, and they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath. Job 21:31 Who shal declare his way to his face? & who shal reward him for that he hath done? Job 21:32 Yet shal he be brought to the graue, & remaine in the heape. Job 21:33 The slimie valley shalbe sweete vnto him, and euery man shal draw after him, as before him there were innumerable. Job 21:34 How then comfort ye me in vaine, seeing in your answeres there remaine but lyes?

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