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Job 21 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Job’s Discourse on the Wicked
Job Complains About the Prosperity of the Wicked
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:1 - Then Job answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:2 - “Listen carefully to my speech,
And let this be your consolation.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:3 - Bear with me that I may speak,
And after I have spoken, keep mocking.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:4 - “As for me, is my complaint against man?
And if it were, why should I not be impatient?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:5 - Look at me and be astonished;
Put your hand over your mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:6 - Even when I remember I am terrified,
And trembling takes hold of my flesh.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:7 - Why do the wicked live and become old,
Yes, become mighty in power?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:8 - Their descendants are established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:9 - Their houses are safe from fear,
Neither is the rod of God upon them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:10 - Their bull breeds without failure;
Their cow calves without miscarriage.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:11 - They send forth their little ones like a flock,
And their children dance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:12 - They sing to the tambourine and harp,
And rejoice to the sound of the flute.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:13 - They spend their days in wealth,
And in a moment go down to the grave.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:14 - Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us,
For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:15 - Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:16 - Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand;
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:17 - “How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?
How often does their destruction come upon them,
The sorrows God distributes in His anger?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:18 - They are like straw before the wind,
And like chaff that a storm carries away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:19 - They say, ‘God lays up one’s[fn] iniquity for his children’;
Let Him recompense him, that he may know it.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:20 - Let his eyes see his destruction,
And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:21 - For what does he care about his household after him,
When the number of his months is cut in half?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:22 - “Can anyone teach God knowledge,
Since He judges those on high?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:23 - One dies in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and secure;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:24 - His pails[fn] are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moist.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:25 - Another man dies in the bitterness of his soul,
Never having eaten with pleasure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:26 - They lie down alike in the dust,
And worms cover them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:27 - “Look, I know your thoughts,
And the schemes with which you would wrong me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:28 - For you say,
‘Where is the house of the prince?
And where is the tent,[fn]
The dwelling place of the wicked?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:29 - Have you not asked those who travel the road?
And do you not know their signs?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:30 - For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom;
They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:31 - Who condemns his way to his face?
And who repays him for what he has done?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:32 - Yet he shall be brought to the grave,
And a vigil kept over the tomb.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:33 - The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him;
Everyone shall follow him,
As countless have gone before him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:34 - How then can you comfort me with empty words,
Since falsehood remains in your answers?”
NKJV Footnotes
Or Sheol
Literally his
Septuagint and Vulgate read bowels; Syriac reads sides; Targum reads breasts.
Vulgate omits the tent.

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