Job 21:1-34 NIV

Job 21:1-34 NIV [1] Then Job replied: [2] "Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me. [3] Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on. [4] "Is my complaint directed to a human being? Why should I not be impatient? [5] Look at me and be appalled; clap your hand over your mouth. [6] When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body. [7] Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power? [8] They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes. [9] Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not on them. [10] Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry. [11] They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about. [12] They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre; they make merry to the sound of the pipe. [13] They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace. [14] Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways. [15] Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?' [16] But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked. [17] "Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger? [18] How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale? [19] It is said, 'God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.' Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it! [20] Let their own eyes see their destruction; let them drink the cup of the wrath of the Almighty. [21] For what do they care about the families they leave behind when their allotted months come to an end? [22] "Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest? [23] One person dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease, [24] well nourished in body, bones rich with marrow. [25] Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good. [26] Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both. [27] "I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me. [28] You say, 'Where now is the house of the great, the tents where the wicked lived?' [29] Have you never questioned those who travel? Have you paid no regard to their accounts- [30] that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity, that they are delivered from the day of wrath? [31] Who denounces their conduct to their face? Who repays them for what they have done? [32] They are carried to the grave, and watch is kept over their tombs. [33] The soil in the valley is sweet to them; everyone follows after them, and a countless throng goes before them. [34] "So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!"

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