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 that shalbe my comfort of you. Job 21:3 Suffre me a lytle, that I maye speake also, and then laugh my wordes to scorne. Job 21:4 Is it for mans sake that I make thys disputacyon? Which yf it were so, shulde not my sprete be then in sore trouble? Job 21:5 Marcke me well, and be abasshed, and laye youre hand vpon youre mouth. Job 21:6 For when I consyder my selfe, I am afrayed, and my fleshe is smytten with feare.
Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God.
Job 21:7 Wherfore do wycked men lyue in health and prosperite, come to theyr olde age, and increase in ryches? Job 21:8 Their chyldren lyue in theyr syght, and theyr generacyon before theyr eyes. Job 21:9 Their houses are safe from all feare, and the rodd of God doth not smyte them. Job 21:10 Their bullocke gendreth, and that not out of tyme: theyr cowe 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 musycke at their pleasure. Job 21:13 They spende their dayes in welthynesse: but sodenly they go downe to hell. Job 21:14 They saye also vnto God: go from vs, we desyre not the knowledge of thy wayes. Job 21:15 Who is the Allmyghtie, that we shulde serue hym? And what profyt shuld we haue to submyt our 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 shall the candle of the wycked be put out? how oft commeth their destruccion vpon them? O what sorowe shal God geue them for their parte in hys wrath? Job 21:18 Yee, they shall be euen as haye before the wynde, and as chaffe that the storme caryeth awaye. Job 21:19 And though God saue their children from soch sorowe, yet wyll he so rewarde them selues, þt they shall knowe it. Job 21:20 Their awne destruccion and misery shall they se with their eyes, and drincke of the fearfull wrath of the Almyghty. Job 21:21 For what careth he what become of his housholde after hys death, whan þe nombre of his monethes is cut short?
The happy and unhappy are alike in death.
Job 21:22 In as moch then as God hath the hyest power of all, who can teach him eny knowledge? Job 21:23 One dyeth now when he is mightye and at hys best, ryche, and in prosperite: Job 21:24 euen when his bowels are at the fattest, and hys bones full of mary. Job 21:25 Another dyeth in sorowe and heuinesse, and neuer had good dayes. Job 21:26 They shall slepe both a lyke in the earth, & the wormes shall couer them.
The judgment of the wicked is in another world.
Job 21:27 Beholde, I knowe what ye thincke, yee, and the sotiltye that ye ymagyn agaynst me. Job 21:28 For ye saye: where is the princes palace? and where is the dwellynge of the vngodly: Job 21:29 haue ye not asked them þt go by the waye? Doutlesse ye cannot denye their tokens, Job 21:30 that the wicked is kepte vnto the daye of destruccyon, and that the vngodly shalbe brought forth to the daye of wrath. Job 21:31 Who darre reproue him for his waye to hys face? Who wyll rewarde him for the vngraciousnesse that he doth? Job 21:32 Yet shall he be brought to his graue, and dwell among the heape of the deed. Job 21:33 Then shall he be fayne to be buried amonge the stones of the playne. All men also must folowe him, and there are innumerable gone before him. Job 21:34 How vayne then is the comforte that ye geue me? Doth not falshede remayne in all youre answers?