Young's Literal Translation

Job 21

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

Job 21:1 And Job answereth and saith:— Job 21:2 Hear ye diligently my word, And this is your consolation. Job 21:3 Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking—ye may deride. Job 21:4 I—to man [is] my complaint? and if [so], wherefore May not my temper become short? Job 21:5 Turn unto me, and be astonished, And put hand to mouth. Job 21:6 Yea, if I have remembered, then I have been troubled. And my flesh hath taken fright.

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

Job 21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live? They have become old, Yea, they have been mighty in wealth. Job 21:8 Their seed is established, Before their face with them, And their offspring before their eyes. Job 21:9 Their houses [are] peace without fear, Nor [is] a rod of God upon them. Job 21:10 His bullock hath eaten corn, and doth not loath. His cow bringeth forth safely, And doth not miscarry. Job 21:11 They send forth as a flock their sucklings, And their children skip, Job 21:12 They lift [themselves] up at timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of an organ. Job 21:13 They wear out in good their days, And in a moment [to] Sheol go down. Job 21:14 And they say to God, 'Turn aside from us, And the knowledge of Thy ways We have not desired. Job 21:15 What [is] the Mighty One that we serve Him? And what do we profit when we meet with Him?'

Sometimes their destruction is manifest.

Job 21:16 Lo, not in their hand [is] their good, (The counsel of the wicked Hath been far from me.) Job 21:17 How oft is the lamp of the wicked extinguished, And come on them doth their calamity? Pangs He apportioneth in His anger. Job 21:18 They are as straw before wind, And as chaff a hurricane hath stolen away, Job 21:19 God layeth up for his sons his sorrow, He giveth recompense unto him—and he knoweth. Job 21:20 His own eyes see his destruction, And of the wrath of the Mighty he drinketh. Job 21:21 For what [is] his delight in his house after him, And the number of his months cut off?

The happy and unhappy are alike in death.

Job 21:22 To God doth [one] teach knowledge, And He the high doth judge? Job 21:23 This [one] dieth in his perfect strength, Wholly at ease and quiet. Job 21:24 His breasts have been full of milk, And marrow his bones doth moisten. Job 21:25 And this [one] dieth with a bitter soul, And have not eaten with gladness. Job 21:26 Together—on the dust they lie down, And the worm doth cover them over.

The judgment of the wicked is in another world.

Job 21:27 Lo, I have known your thoughts, And the devices against me ye do wrongfully. Job 21:28 For ye say, 'Where [is] the house of the noble? And where the tent—The tabernacles of the wicked?' Job 21:29 Have ye not asked those passing by the way? And their signs do ye not know? Job 21:30 That to a day of calamity is the wicked spared. To a day of wrath they are brought. Job 21:31 Who doth declare to his face his way? And [for] that which he hath done, Who doth give recompence to him? Job 21:32 And he—to the graves he is brought. And over the heap a watch is kept. Job 21:33 Sweet to him have been the clods of the valley, And after him every man he draweth, And before him there is no numbering. Job 21:34 And how do ye comfort me [with] vanity, And in your answers hath been left trespass?

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