Job Chapter Twenty One

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?