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Job Chapter 21 (Index)

001  But Job answered and said,

002  Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.

003  Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

004  As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?

005  Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.

006  Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.

007  Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

008  Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

009  Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.

010  Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

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

012  They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

013  They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

014  Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

015  What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

016  Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.

017  How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.

018  They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.

019  God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

020  His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

021  For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?

022  Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.

023  One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

024  His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

025  And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

026  They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.

027  Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.

028  For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?

029  Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,

030  That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

031  Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?

032  Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.

033  The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

034  How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?