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?