21 Then Job replied:
2 “Listen carefully to my words;w
let this be the consolation you give me.x
and after I have spoken, mock on.y
4 “Is my complaintz directed to a human being?
Why should I not be impatient?a
clap your hand over your mouth.b
6 When I think about this, I am terrified;c
trembling seizes my body.d
growing old and increasing in power?e
their offspring before their eyes.f
9 Their homes are safe and free from fear;g
the rod of God is not on them.h
their cows calve and do not miscarry.i
11 They send forth their children as a flock;j
their little ones dance about.
12 They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre;k
they make merry to the sound of the pipe.l
13 They spend their years in prosperitym
14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone!p
We have no desire to know your ways.q
What would we gain by praying to him?’r
so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.s
17 “Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?t
How often does calamityu come upon them,
the fate God allots in his anger?v
19 It is said, ‘God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.’z
Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it!a
20 Let their own eyes see their destruction;b
21 For what do they care about the families they leave behinde
22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God,h
since he judges even the highest?i
23 One person dies in full vigor,j
completely secure and at ease,k
25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,o
never having enjoyed anything good.
26 Side by side they lie in the dust,p
the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28 You say, ‘Where now is the house of the great,s
the tents where the wicked lived?’t
Have you paid no regard to their accounts—
30 that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity,u
Who repays them for what they have done?w
and watch is kept over their tombs.x
33 The soil in the valley is sweet to them;y
everyone follows after them,
34 “So how can you console mea with your nonsense?
Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”b
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