Job sheweth that even in the judgment of man he hath reason to be grieved.
Job 21:1 Then responded Job, and said: Job 21:2 Hear ye patiently my words, and let this be your consolation: Job 21:3 Suffer me, that, I, may speak, and, after I have spoken, thou canst mock! Job 21:4 Did, I, unto man, make my complaint? Wherefore, then, should my spirit not be impatient? Job 21:5 Turn round to me, and be astonished, and lay hand on mouth! Job 21:6 When I call to mind, then am I dismayed, and there seizeth my flesh a shuddering:
Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God.
Job 21:7 Wherefore do, lawless men, live, advance in years, even wax mighty in power? Job 21:8 Their seed, is established in their sight, along with them, yea their offspring, before their eyes; Job 21:9 Their houses, are at peace, without dread, neither is, the rod of GOD, upon them; Job 21:10 His bull, covereth, and causeth not aversion, His cow safely calveth, and casteth not her young; Job 21:11 They send forthlike a flocktheir young ones, and, their children, skip about for joy; Job 21:12 They rejoice aloud as [with] timbrel and lyre, and make merry to the sound of the pipe; Job 21:13 They complete, in prosperity, their days, and, in a moment to hades, they sink down. Job 21:14 Yet they said unto GOD, Depart from us, and, In the knowledge of thy ways, find we no pleasure. Job 21:15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? Or what shall we profit, that we should urge him?
Sometimes their destruction is manifest.
Job 21:16 Lo! not in their own hand, is their welfare, The counsel of lawless men, is far from me! Job 21:17 How oft, the lamp of the lawless, goeth out, and their calamity, cometh upon them, Sorrows, apportioneth he in his anger; Job 21:18 They become as straw before the wind, and as chaff, which the storm stealeth away. Job 21:19 Shall, GOD, reserve, for his children, his sorrow? Let him recompense him so that he may know it; Job 21:20 His own eyes, shall see his misfortune, and, the wrath of the Almighty, shall he drink. Job 21:21 For what shall be his pleasure in his house after him, when, the number of his months, is cut in twain?
The happy and unhappy are alike in death.
Job 21:22 Is it, to GOD, one can teach knowledge, seeing that, he, shall judge, them who are on high? Job 21:23 This, man dieth, in the very perfection of his prosperity, wholly tranquil and secure; Job 21:24 His veins, are filled with nourishment, and, the marrow of his bones, is fresh; Job 21:25 Whereas, this other man, dieth, in bitterness of soul, and hath never tasted good fortune: Job 21:26 Together, in the dust, they lie down, and, the worm, spreadeth a covering over them.
The judgment of the wicked is in another world.
Job 21:27 Lo! I know your plans, and the devices, wherewith ye would do me violence! Job 21:28 For ye say, Where is the house of the noble-minded? And where the dwelling-tent of the lawless? Job 21:29 Have ye not asked the passers-by in the way? And, their signs, can ye not recognise? Job 21:30 That, to the day of calamity, is the wicked reserved, to the day of indignant visitation, are they led. Job 21:31 Who can declareto his facehis way? And, what, he, hath done, who shall recompense to him? Job 21:32 Yet, he, to the graves, is borne, and, over the tomb, one keepeth watch; Job 21:33 Pleasant to him are the mounds of the torrent-bed,and, after him, doth every man march, as, before him, there were without number. Job 21:34 How then should ye comfort me with vanity, since, as for your replies, there lurketh, [in them] treachery?