Job 21:1-34

21  And Job proceeded to answer and say:   “Listen, YOU men, attentively to my word,And let this become YOUR consolation.   Put up with me, and I myself shall speak;And after my speaking you may [each] deride.+   As for me, is my concern [expressed] to man?Or why is it that my spirit does not get impatient?   Turn YOUR faces to me and stare in amazement,And put [YOUR] hand upon [YOUR] mouth.+   And if I have remembered, I have also become disturbed,And shuddering has taken hold of my flesh.   Why is it that the wicked themselves keep living,+Have grown old, also have become superior in wealth?+   Their offspring are firmly established with them in their sight,And their descendants before their eyes.   Their houses are peace itself, free from dread,+And the rod of God* is not upon them. 10  His own bull actually impregnates, and it does not waste semen;His cow brings forth+ and suffers no abortion. 11  They keep sending out their young boys just like a flock,And their own male children go skipping about. 12  They continue raising [their voice] with the tambourine and harp,+And keep rejoicing at the sound of the pipe. 13  They spend their days in good times,+And in a moment down to Sheʹol they descend. 14  And they say to the [true] God, ‘Turn away from us!+And in the knowledge of your ways we have found no delight.+ 15  What does the Almighty amount to, that we should serve him,*+And how do we benefit ourselves in that we have come in touch with him?’+ 16  Look! Their well-being is not in their own power.*+The very counsel of wicked ones has kept far from me.+ 17  How many times is the lamp of the wicked ones extinguished,+And [how many times] does their disaster come upon them?[How many times] in his anger does he apportion destruction?+ 18  Do they become like straw before a wind,*+And like chaff that a storm wind has stolen away? 19  God* himself will store up one’s hurtfulness for one’s own sons;+He will reward him that he may know [it].+ 20  His eyes will see his decay,And from the rage of the Almighty he will drink.+ 21  For what will his delight be in his house after him,When the number of his months will really be cut in two?+ 22  Will he teach knowledge even to God,*+When that One himself judges high ones?+ 23  This very one will die during his full self-sufficiency,+When he is altogether carefree and at ease; 24  [When] his own thighs have become full of fatAnd the very marrow of his bones is being kept moist. 25  And this other one will die with a bitter soulWhen he has not eaten of good things.+ 26  Together in the dust they will lie down+And maggots themselves will form a cover over them.+ 27  Look! I well know the thoughts of YOU menAnd the schemes with which YOU would act violently against me.+ 28  For YOU say, ‘Where is the house of the noble one,And where is the tent, the tabernacles of wicked ones?’+ 29  Have YOU not asked those traveling over the roads?And do YOU not carefully inspect their very signs, 30  That at the day of disaster an evil one is spared,+At the day of fury he is delivered?* 31  Who will tell him of his way to his very face?+And for what he himself has done who will reward him?+ 32  As for him, to the graveyard he will be brought,+And over a tomb* a vigil will be kept. 33  To him the clods of earth of a torrent valley will certainly become sweet,+And after him he will drag all mankind,*+And those before him were without number. 34  So how vainly YOU men try to comfort me,+And YOUR very replies do remain as unfaithfulness!”


“God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah. See 3:4 ftn.
Or, “we should worship him (render him sacred service).” Heb., na·ʽav·dhenʹnu.
Lit., “hand.”
“Wind.” Heb., ruʹach; Gr., a·neʹmou; Lat., venʹti.
“God.” Heb., ʼElohʹah.
“Even to God.” Heb., hal·ʼElʹ. See 22:2 ftn, “God.”
“He is delivered,” by a correction; M, “brought,” as in vs 32.
Or, “heap of sheaves.”
Or, “every earthling man.” Heb., kol-ʼa·dhamʹ.