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Job 21 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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God Does Not Punish the Wicked

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Then Job answered and said,

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“Listen carefully to my speech,

And let this be your way of consolation.

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“Bear with me that I may speak;

Then after I have spoken, you may mock.

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“As for me, is my musing [fn]to man?

And why should [fn]I not be impatient?

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“Look at me, and be appalled,

And put your hand over your mouth.

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“Even when I remember, I am dismayed,

And horror seizes my flesh.

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“Why do the wicked still live,

Continue on, also become very powerful?

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“Their seed is established with them in their presence,

And their offspring before their eyes,

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Their houses are safe from dread,

And the rod of God is not on them.

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“His ox mates and does not fail;

His cow calves and does not miscarry.

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“They send forth their little ones like the flock,

And their children skip about.

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“They lift up the tambourine and harp

And are glad at the sound of the pipe.

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“They spend their days in prosperity,

And [fn]suddenly they go down to Sheol.

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“They say to God, ‘Depart from us!

We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.

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[fn]Who is [fn]the Almighty, that we should serve Him,

And what would we profit if we entreat Him?’

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“Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand;

The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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“How often is the lamp of the wicked put out,

Or does their disaster fall on them?

Does [fn]God apportion destruction in His anger?

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“Are they as straw before the wind,

And like chaff which the storm steals away?

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You say, ‘God stores away [fn]a man’s wickedness for his sons.’

Let [fn]God repay him so that he may know it.

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“Let his own eyes see his decay,

And let him drink of the wrath of [fn]the Almighty.

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“For what desire does he have for his household [fn]after him,

When the number of his months is cut off?

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“Can anyone teach God knowledge,

In that He judges those on high?

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“One dies in his full strength,

Being wholly carefree and at ease;

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His [fn]sides are filled out with fat,

And the marrow of his bones is moist,

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But another dies with a bitter soul,

Never even eats anything good.

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“Together they lie down in the dust,

And worms cover them.

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“Behold, I know your thoughts,

And the plans by which you do violence against me.

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“For you say, ‘Where is the house of the nobleman,

And where is the tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?’

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“Have you not asked those who pass by along the way,

And do you not recognize their [fn]witness?

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“That the wicked is reserved for the day of disaster;

They will be led forth at the day of fury.

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“Who will declare to his face about his actions,

And who will repay him for what he has done?

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“While he is led forth to the grave,

Men will keep watch over his tomb.

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“The clods of the valley will [fn]gently cover him;

Moreover, all men will draw up after him,

While countless ones go before him.

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“How then will you vainly comfort me,

Indeed when your answers remain full of [fn]falsehood?”

LSB Footnotes
Or against
Lit my spirit
As in most versions; M.T. are shattered by Sheol
Lit What
Heb Shaddai
Lit He
Lit his
Lit Him
Heb Shaddai
After he dies
As in Syr; Heb uncertain; some Heb mss render as his pails are full of milk
Lit signs
Lit be sweet to him
Or faithlessness

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