JOB - Chapter 21

1 - But Job answered and said,
2 - Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
3 - Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
4 - As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
5 - Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6 - Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
7 - Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
8 - Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9 - Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
10 - Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11 - They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12 - They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
13 - They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
14 - Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
15 - What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
16 - Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 - How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
18 - They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
19 - God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
20 - His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 - For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
22 - Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
23 - One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
24 - His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 - And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
26 - They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
27 - Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28 - For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29 - Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,
30 - That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31 - Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
32 - Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33 - The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
34 - How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?