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Job 21 :: Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

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Job’s Reply to Zophar

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Then Job answered:

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Pay close attention to my words;

let this be the consolation you offer.

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Bear with me while I speak;

then after I have spoken, you may continue mocking.

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As for me, is my complaint  against a man?

Then why shouldn’t I be impatient?

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Look at me and shudder; 

put your hand over your mouth. 

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When I think about it, I am terrified

and my body trembles  in horror.

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Why do the wicked continue to live,

growing old and becoming powerful?

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Their children are established while they are still alive, [fn]

and their descendants, before their eyes.

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Their homes are secure and free of fear; 

no rod from God strikes them. 

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Their bulls breed without fail;

their cows calve and do not miscarry.

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They let their little ones run around like lambs;

their children skip about,

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singing to the tambourine and lyre

and rejoicing at the sound of the flute. 

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They spend [fn] their days in prosperity 

and go down to Sheol in peace.

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Yet they say to God: “Leave us alone!

We don’t want to know Your ways. 

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Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him,

and what will we gain by pleading with Him? ” 

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But their prosperity is not of their own doing.

The counsel of the wicked is far from me! 

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How often is the lamp  of the wicked put out?

Does disaster [fn] come on them?

Does He apportion destruction in His anger?

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Are they like straw before the wind,

like chaff  a storm sweeps away?

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God reserves a person’s punishment for his children. 

Let God repay the person himself, so that he may know it.

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Let his own eyes see his demise;

let him drink from the Almighty’s wrath! 

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For what does he care about his family once he is dead, 

when the number of his months has run out? 

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Can anyone teach God knowledge, 

since He judges the exalted ones? [fn]

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One person dies in excellent health, [fn]

completely secure [fn] and at ease.

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His body is [fn] well fed, [fn]

and his bones are full of marrow. [fn]

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Yet another person dies with a bitter  soul,

having never tasted prosperity.

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But they both lie in the dust,

and worms cover them. 

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I know your thoughts very well,

the schemes you would wrong me with.

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For you say, “Where now is the nobleman’s house? ”

and “Where are the tents  the wicked lived in? ”

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Have you never consulted those who travel the roads?

Don’t you accept their reports? [fn]

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Indeed, the evil man is spared from the day of disaster,

rescued from the day of wrath.

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Who would denounce his behavior to his face?

Who would repay  him for what he has done?

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He is carried to the grave,

and someone keeps watch over his tomb.

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The dirt on his grave is [fn] sweet to him.

Everyone follows behind him,

and those who go before him are without number.

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So how can you offer me such futile comfort?

Your answers are deceptive.

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HCSB Footnotes
Lit established before them with them
Alt Hb tradition reads fully enjoy
Lit their disaster
Probably angels
Lit in bone of his perfection
Text emended; MT reads health, all at ease
Or His sides are ; Hb obscure
Lit is full of milk
Lit and the marrow of his bones is watered
Lit signs
Lit The clods of the wadi are

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Holy Bible, Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2009 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used with permission by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved.

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