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Job 21 :: New International Version (NIV)

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

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