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Job 21:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 They sing to the music of tambourine and harp;1 they make merry to the sound of the flute.2 13 They spend their years in prosperity3 and go down to the gravea4 in peace.b5 14 Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone!6 We have no desire to know your ways.7 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'8 16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.9 17 "Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?10 How often does calamity11 come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?12 18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff13 swept away1415 by a gale?16 19 [It is said, ] 'God stores up a man's punishment for his sons.'17 Let him repay the man himself, so that he will know it!18 20 Let his own eyes see his destruction;19 let him drink20 of the wrath of the Almighty.c21 21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind22 when his allotted months23 come to an end?24 22 "Can anyone teach knowledge to God,25 since he judges even the highest?26
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