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Job 21 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Bear with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.

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As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient?

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Look at me, and be appalled, and lay your hand upon your mouth.

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When I think of it I am dismayed, and shuddering seizes my flesh.

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Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power?

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Their children are established in their presence, and their offspring before their eyes.

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Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them.

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Their bull breeds without fail; their cow calves, and does not cast her calf.

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They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

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They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.

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They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of thy ways.

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What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?'

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Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

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Let their own eyes see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

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For what do they care for their houses after them, when the number of their months is cut off?

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Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those that are on high?

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One dies in full prosperity, being wholly at ease and secure,

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The clods of the valley are sweet to him; all men follow after him, and those who go before him are innumerable.

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How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood."
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