Job

Job 21 ©

1Job desireth to be patiently heard because of his strange calamities: 7he sheweth that wicked men sometimes do so prosper, that they are tempted to forget God: 16though at other times their destruction is manifest. 23The happy and unhappy are alike in death. 27The judgment of the wicked is in another world.

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BUT Job answered and said,

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aHear diligently my speech, and let this be your bconsolations.

b ch. 15.11.
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Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, cmock on.

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As for me, dis my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be 1troubled?

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2Mark me, and ebe astonished, and flay your hand upon your mouth.

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

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hWherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are imighty in power?

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

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Their houses 3are safe from fear, kneither is the rod of God upon them.

k Ps. 73.5. ch. 9.34.
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lTheir bull *gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

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

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They ntake the *timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the oorgan.

o ch. 30.31.
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They pspend their days 4in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

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

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

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

t ch. 22.18.
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How voft is the 5candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God wdistributeth sorrows in his anger.

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They are as xstubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm 6carrieth away.

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God layeth up 7his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

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yHis eyes shall see his destruction, and zhe shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

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

a ch. 14.21.
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cShall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are dhigh.

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One dieth 8in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

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eHis breasts are 9full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

e Ps. 73.4,7; 17.10. ch. 15.27.
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fAnd another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

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They gshall lie down halike in the dust, and the iworms shall cover them.

g ch. 20.11.
h Ec. 9.2. ch. 3.18.
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Behold, I know your jthoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.

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For ye say, Where is the khouse of the prince? and where are 10the dwelling places of the wicked?

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

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That the wicked mis reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to 11the day of wrath.

m Pr. 16.4,5; 11.21. 2Pe. 2.9; ch. 36.6.
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nWho shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?

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oYet shall he be brought to the 12grave, and shall 13remain in the tomb.

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

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How rthen comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth 14falsehood?