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Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked

1 Then Job answered, F216

2 "Listen carefully to my speech,

And let this be your way of consolation.

3 "Bear with me that I may speak;

Then after I have spoken, you may mock. R568

4 "As for me, is my R569 complaint to F217 man?

And why R570 should I F218 not be impatient?

5 "Look at me, and be astonished,

And put R571 your hand over your mouth.

6 "Even when I remember, I am disturbed,

And horror R572 takes hold of my flesh.

7 "Why do R573 the wicked still live,

Continue on, also become very powerful? R574

8 "Their descendants R575 F219 are established with them in their sight,

And their offspring before their eyes,

9 Their houses are R576 safe from fear,

And the rod of God is not on them.

10 "His ox mates without F220 fail;

His cow calves and does not abort.

11 "They send forth their little ones like the flock,

And their children skip about.

12 "They sing F221 to the timbrel and harp

And rejoice at the sound of the flute.

13 "They spend R577 their days in prosperity,

And suddenly F222 they go down to Sheol. F223

14 "They say to God, `Depart R578 from us!

We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.

15 `Who F224 is the F225 Almighty, that we should serve Him,

And what R579 would we gain if we entreat Him?'

16 "Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand;

The counsel R580 of the wicked is far from me.

17 "How often is the R581 lamp of the wicked put out,

Or does their calamity R582 fall on them?

Does God F226 apportion destruction in His anger?

18 "Are they as straw R583 before the wind,

And like chaff R584 which the storm carries away?

19 "You say, `God R585 stores away a F227 man's iniquity for his sons.'

Let God F228 repay him so that he may know it.

20 "Let his own R586 eyes see his decay,

And let him drink R587 of the wrath of the F229 Almighty.

21 "For what does he care for his household after F230 him,

When the number of his months is cut off?

22 "Can anyone teach R588 God knowledge,

In that He judges R589 those on high?

23 "One dies R590 in his full strength,

Being wholly at ease and satisfied; F231

24 His sides F232 are filled out with fat,

And the marrow R591 of his bones is moist,

25 While another dies with a bitter soul,

Never even tasting F233 anything good.

26 "Together they lie R592 down in the dust,

And worms R593 cover them.

27 "Behold, I know your thoughts,

And the plans by which you would wrong me.

28 "For you say, `Where is the house of the R594 nobleman,

And where is the tent, R595 the dwelling places of the wicked?'

29 "Have you not asked wayfaring men,

And do you not recognize their witness? F234

30 "For the wicked R596 is reserved for the day of calamity;

They will be led forth at the R597 day of fury.

31 "Who will confront F235 him with his actions,

And who will repay him for what he has done?

32 "While he is carried to the grave,

Men will keep watch over his tomb.

33 "The clods R598 of the valley will gently F236 cover him;

Moreover, all R599 men will follow F237 after him,

While countless ones go before him.

34 "How then will you vainly comfort R600 me,

For your answers remain full of falsehood?" F238

F216: Lit answered and said
F217: Or against
F218: Lit my spirit
F219: Lit seed
F220: Lit and does not fail
F221: Lit lifted up the voice
F222: So with most versions; M.T. are shattered by Sheol
F223: I.e. the nether world
F224: Lit What
F225: Hebrew Shaddai
F226: Lit He
F227: Lit his
F228: Lit Him
F229: Hebrew Shaddai
F230: I.e. after he dies
F231: Or quiet
F232: So with Syr; Hebrew uncertain. Some render as, his pails are full of milk
F233: Lit eating
F234: Lit signs
F235: Lit declare his way to his face
F236: Lit be sweet to him
F237: Lit draw
F238: Or faithlessness

R568: Job 1:11:3; 17:2
R569: Job 1:7:11
R570: Job 1:6:11
R571: Judges 18:19; Job 1:13:5; 29:9; 40:4
R572: Psalms 55:5
R573: Job 1:9:24; Psalms 73:3; Jeremiah 12:1; Habakkuk 1:13
R574: Job 1:12:19
R575: Psalms 17:14
R576: Job 1:12:6
R577: Job 1:21:23; 36:11
R578: Job 1:22:17
R579: Job 1:22:17; 34:9
R580: Job 1:22:18
R581: Job 1:18:5,6
R582: Job 1:31:2,3
R583: Job 1:13:25; Psalms 83:13
R584: Psalms 1:4; 35:5; Isaiah 17:13; Hosea 13:3
R585: Exodus 20:5; Jeremiah 31:29; Ezekiel 18:2
R586: Numbers 14:28-32; Jeremiah 31:30; Ezekiel 18:4
R587: Psalms 60:3; Isaiah 51:17; Jeremiah 25:15; Revelation 14:10
R588: Job 1:35:11; 36:22; Isaiah 40:14; Romans 11:34
R589: Job 1:4:18; 15:15; Psalms 82:1
R590: Job 1:20:11; 21:13
R591: Proverbs 3:8
R592: Job 1:3:13; 20:11; Ecclesiastes 9:2
R593: Job 1:24:20; Isaiah 14:11
R594: Job 1:1:3; 31:37
R595: Job 1:8:22; 18:21
R596: Job 1:20:29; Proverbs 16:4; 2 Peter 2:9
R597: Job 1:21:17,20; 40:11
R598: Job 1:3:22; 17:16
R599: Job 1:3:19; 24:24
R600: Job 1:16:2


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