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Job 21 :: New English Translation (NET)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:1 - Then Job answered:

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:2 - "Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you offer me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:3 - Bear with me and I will speak, and after I have spoken you may mock.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:4 - Is my complaint against a man? If so, why should I not be impatient?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:5 - Look at me and be appalled; put your hands over your mouths.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:6 - For, when I think about this, I am terrified and my body feels a shudder.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:7 - "Why do the wicked go on living, grow old, even increase in power?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:8 - Their children are firmly established in their presence, their offspring before their eyes.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:9 - Their houses are safe and without fear; and no rod of punishment from God is upon them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:10 - Their bulls breed without fail; their cows calve and do not miscarry.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:11 - They allow their children to run like a flock; their little ones dance about.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:12 - They sing to the accompaniment of tambourine and harp, and make merry to the sound of the flute.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:13 - They live out their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:14 - So they say to God, 'Turn away from us! We do not want to know your ways.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:15 - Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain if we were to pray to him?'

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:16 - But their prosperity is not their own doing. The counsel of the wicked is far from me!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:17 - "How often is the lamp of the wicked extinguished? How often does their misfortune come upon them? How often does God apportion pain to them in his anger?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:18 - How often are they like straw before the wind, and like chaff swept away by a whirlwind?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:19 - You may say, 'God stores up a man's punishment for his children!' Instead let him repay the man himself so that he may know it!

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:20 - Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink of the anger of the Almighty.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:21 - For what is his interest in his home after his death, when the number of his months has been broken off?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:22 - Can anyone teach God knowledge, since he judges those that are on high?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:23 - "One man dies in his full vigor, completely secure and prosperous,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:24 - his body well nourished, and the marrow of his bones moist.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:25 - And another man dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted anything good.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:26 - Together they lie down in the dust, and worms cover over them both.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:27 - "Yes, I know what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:28 - For you say, 'Where now is the nobleman's house, and where are the tents in which the wicked lived?'

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:29 - Have you never questioned those who travel the roads? Do you not recognize their accounts -

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:30 - that the evil man is spared from the day of his misfortune, that he is delivered from the day of God's wrath?

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:31 - No one denounces his conduct to his face; no one repays him for what he has done.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:32 - And when he is carried to the tombs, and watch is kept over the funeral mound,

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:33 - The clods of the torrent valley are sweet to him; behind him everybody follows in procession, and before him goes a countless throng.

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:34 - So how can you console me with your futile words? Nothing is left of your answers but deception!"

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