Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked1 Then Job ▼
▼ Lit answered and saidanswered, 2 “Listen carefully to my speech,
And let this be your way of consolation.
3 “Bear with me that I may speak;
Then after I have spoken, you may b mock.
4 “As for me, is c my complaint ▼
▼ Or againstto man?
And e why should ▼
▼ Lit my spiritI not be impatient?
5 “Look at me, and be astonished,
And g put your hand over your mouth.
6 “Even when I remember, I am disturbed,
And h horror takes hold of my flesh.
7 “Why i do the wicked still live,
Continue on, also become very j powerful?
8 “Their ▼
▼ Lit seed, l descendants are established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes,
9 Their houses m are safe from fear,
And the rod of God is not on them.
10 “His ox mates ▼
▼ Lit and does not failwithout fail;
His cow calves and does not abort.
11 “They send forth their little ones like the flock,
And their children skip about.
12 “They ▼
▼ Lit lifted up the voicesing to the timbrel and harp
And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13 “They p spend their days in prosperity,
▼ So with most versions; M.T. are shattered by Sheolsuddenly they go down to ▼
▼ I.e. the nether worldSheol.
14 “They say to God, ‘ s Depart from us!
We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15 ‘ ▼
▼ Lit WhatWho is ▼
▼ Heb Shaddaithe Almighty, that we should serve Him,
And v what would we gain if we entreat Him?’
16 “Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand;
The w counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 “How often is x the lamp of the wicked put out,
Or does their y calamity fall on them?
▼ Lit HeGod apportion destruction in His anger?
18 “Are they as aa straw before the wind,
And like ab chaff which the storm carries away?
19 “You say, ‘ ac God stores away ▼
▼ Lit hisa man’s iniquity for his sons.’
▼ Lit HimGod repay him so that he may know it.
20 “Let his af own eyes see his decay,
And let him ag drink of the wrath of ▼
▼ Heb Shaddaithe Almighty.
21 “For what does he care for his household ▼
▼ I.e. after he diesafter him,
When the number of his months is cut off?
22 “Can anyone aj teach God knowledge,
In that He ak judges those on high?
23 “One al dies in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and ▼
▼ Or quietsatisfied;
24 His ▼
▼ So with Syr; Heb uncertain. Some render as, his pails are full of milksides are filled out with fat,
And the ao marrow of his bones is moist,
25 While another dies with a bitter soul,
Never even ▼
▼ Lit eatingtasting anything good.
26 “Together they aq lie down in the dust,
And ar worms cover them.
27 “Behold, I know your thoughts,
And the plans by which you would wrong me.
28 “For you say, ‘Where is the house of as the nobleman,
And where is the at tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?’
29 “Have you not asked wayfaring men,
And do you not recognize their ▼
▼ Lit signswitness?
30 “For the av wicked is reserved for the day of calamity;
They will be led forth at aw the day of fury.
31 “Who will ▼
▼ Lit declare his way to his faceconfront him with his actions,
And who will repay him for what he has done?
32 “While he is carried to the grave,
Men will keep watch over his tomb.
33 “The ay clods of the valley will ▼
▼ Lit be sweet to himgently cover him;
Moreover, ba all men will ▼
▼ Lit drawfollow after him,
While countless ones go before him.
34 “How then will you vainly bc comfort me,
For your answers remain full of ▼
▼ Or faithlessnessfalsehood?”
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