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.

1BUT Job answered and said,

2aHear diligently my speech, and let this be your bconsolations.

a ch. 33.1,31; 34.2. Ja. 1.19. b ch. 15.11.

3Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, cmock on.

c ch. 12.4,5; 16.9,10,20; 17.2.

4As for me, dis my complaint to man? and if it were so , why should not my spirit be 1troubled?

1Heb. shortened?

d 2Ki. 6.26,27. Ps. 22.1-3; 102, title.

52Mark me, and ebe astonished, and flay your hand upon your mouth.

2Heb. Look unto me.

e ch. 17.8. Ps. 119.120. Ro. 11.33. f Ju. 18.19. ch. 29.9; 40.4. Ps. 39.9. Am. 5.13.

6Even when I remember gI am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.

g Ps. 119.120. Hab. 3.16.

7hWherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are imighty in power?

h Ps. 17.10,14; 73.3-12. Je. 12.1-3. Hab. 1.16. ch. 12.6. Ec. 7.15. i Re. 13.4; 17.2-4. Ps. 37.35,36. Lu. 12.16-20; 16.19,22.

8Their jseed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

j Pr. 17.6. Ps. 93.2. ch. 20.5,10,21,26,28.

9Their houses 3are safe from fear, kneither is the rod of God upon them.

3Heb. are peace from fear.

k Ps. 73.5. ch. 9.34.

10lTheir bull *gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.


l Ps. 144.13,14. Ex. 23.26.

11mThey send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.

m Ps. 107.41; 127.3-5; 128.3,6; 144.12,13.

12They ntake the *timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the oorgan.

*timbrel-type of tambourine or drum.

n Ge. 4.21. Am. 6.5,6. Is. 22.13; 5.12. o ch. 30.31.

13They pspend their days 4in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

4Or, in mirth.

p ch. 36.11. Ps. 73.4. Mat. 24.38,39. Lu. 12.19.

14qTherefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

q ch. 22.17. Lu. 19.14. Mal. 3.14,15; 1.13. Je. 12.2.

15rWhat is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

r Ex. 5.2. Pr. 30.9. ch. 35.3. Mal. 3.14. Is. 45.11,19. Mat. 7.7.

16Lo, stheir good is not in their hand: tthe counsel of the wicked uis far from me.

s Ps. 52.7. ch. 1.21. De. 8.18. t ch. 22.18. u Ps. 1.1. Ge. 49.6. Pr. 1.10-19; 5.8.

17How voft is the 5candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God wdistributeth sorrows in his anger.

5Or, lamp.

v ch. 18.5,6,12. Ps. 73.18-20. w Ps. 32.10. Ho. 13.13. Lu. 12.46. 1Th. 5.3.

18They are as xstubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm 6carrieth away.

6Heb. stealeth away.

x Ps. 1.4. Is. 17.13; 29.5. Ho. 13.3.

19God layeth up 7his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

7That is, the punishment of his iniquity, Ex. 20.5. Ps. 109.9-15. Is. 14.21. Re. 18.6. Eze. 18.14.

20yHis eyes shall see his destruction, and zhe shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

y Je. 52.10; 25.15. Ps. 75.8. Re. 14.10; 20.15. z Ps. 60.3.

21For 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. b Ps. 55.23; 102.24.

22cShall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are dhigh.

c Is. 40.13,14; 45.9. Ro. 11.34. 1Co. 2.16. d ch. 34.17-19. Ge. 18.25. Ec. 5.8.

23One dieth 8in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

8Heb. in his very perfection, or in the strength of his perfection, ch. 20.22. Ec. 9.1-3.

24eHis breasts are 9full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.

9Or, milk pails.

e Ps. 73.4,7; 17.10. ch. 15.27.

25fAnd another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.

f Mat. 27.3-5. Ec. 6.2. ch. 3.20. Ru. 1.20,21. He. 2.15.

26They gshall lie down halike in the dust, and the iworms shall cover them.

g ch. 20.11. h Ec. 9.2. ch. 3.18. i Is. 14.11. Ps. 49.14. ch. 17.14; 19.25.

27Behold, I know your jthoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.

j ch. 20.5,29; 4.8-11.

28For ye say, Where is the khouse of the prince? and where are 10the dwelling places of the wicked?

10Heb. the tent of the tabernacles of the wicked?

k ch. 1.13-19; 20.6,7. Ge. 19.24; 6.5-7. Ps. 49.11.

29Have ye not asked them that lgo by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,

l ch. 31.32. Ps. 129.8.

30That the wicked mis reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to 11the day of wrath.

11Heb. the day of wraths.

m Pr. 16.4,5; 11.21. 2Pe. 2.9; ch. 36.6.

31nWho shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?

n Ju. 1.7. 2Ki. 25.6,7. Mat. 14.3,4; 7.2. Ga. 2.11. Ja. 2.13.

32oYet shall he be brought to the 12grave, and shall 13remain in the tomb.

12Heb. graves.

13Heb. watch in the heap.

o ch. 3.13. Lu. 16.22.

33The clods of the valley shall be psweet unto him, and qevery man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.

p ch. 3.17,18; 14.21. q He. 9.27. ch. 30.23. Ge. 3.19. Ec. 12.7.

34How rthen comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth 14falsehood?

14Heb. transgression?

r ch. 13.4; 16.2.