Job 21

Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked

1Then Job
Lit answered and said
answered,
2Listen carefully to my speech,
And let this be your way of consolation.
3Bear with me that I may speak;
Then after I have spoken, you may b  mock.
4“As for me, is c  my complaint
Or against
to man?
And e  why should
Lit my spirit
I not be impatient?
5Look at me, and be astonished,
And g  put your hand over your mouth.
6Even when I remember, I am disturbed,
And h  horror takes hold of my flesh.
7Why 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,
9Their houses m  are safe from fear,
And the rod of God is not on them.
10His ox mates
Lit and does not fail
without fail;
His cow calves and does not abort.
11They send forth their little ones like the flock,
And their children skip about.
12“They
Lit lifted up the voice
sing to the timbrel and harp
And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13“They p  spend their days in prosperity,
And
So with most versions; M.T. are shattered by Sheol
suddenly they go down to
I.e. the nether world
Sheol.
14They say to God, ‘ s  Depart from us!
We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15
Lit What
Who is
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty, that we should serve Him,
And v  what would we gain if we entreat Him?’
16Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand;
The w  counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17How often is x  the lamp of the wicked put out,
Or does their y  calamity fall on them?
Does
Lit He
God apportion destruction in His anger?
18“Are they as aa  straw before the wind,
And like ab  chaff which the storm carries away?
19You say, ‘ ac  God stores away
Lit his
a man’s iniquity for his sons.’
Let
Lit Him
God 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 Shaddai
the Almighty.
21For what does he care for his household
I.e. after he dies
after 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?
23One al  dies in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and
Or quiet
satisfied;
24His
So with Syr; Heb uncertain. Some render as, his pails are full of milk
sides are filled out with fat,
And the ao  marrow of his bones is moist,
25While another dies with a bitter soul,
Never even
Lit eating
tasting anything good.
26Together they aq  lie down in the dust,
And ar  worms cover them.

27Behold, I know your thoughts,
And the plans by which you would wrong me.
28For you say, ‘Where is the house of as  the nobleman,
And where is the at  tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?’
29Have you not asked wayfaring men,
And do you not recognize their
Lit signs
witness?
30“For the av  wicked is reserved for the day of calamity;
They will be led forth at aw  the day of fury.
31Who will
Lit declare his way to his face
confront him with his actions,
And who will repay him for what he has done?
32While 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 him
gently cover him;
Moreover, ba  all men will
Lit draw
follow after him,
While countless ones go before him.
34How then will you vainly bc  comfort me,
For your answers remain full of
Or faithlessness
falsehood?”

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