Job 21:13-23 NIV

13 They spend their years in prosperity1 and go down to the gravea2 in peace.b3

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    • a 21:13 - Hebrew "Sheol"
    • b 21:13 - Or "in an instant"
      14 Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone!4 We have no desire to know your ways.5

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      15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'6

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      16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.7

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      17 "Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?8 How often does calamity9 come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?10

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      18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff11 swept away1213 by a gale?14

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      19 [It is said, ] 'God stores up a man's punishment for his sons.'15 Let him repay the man himself, so that he will know it!16

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      20 Let his own eyes see his destruction;17 let him drink18 of the wrath of the Almighty.c19

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        • c 21:20 - -20 Verses 17 and 18 may be taken as exclamations and 19 and 20 as declarations.
          21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind20 when his allotted months21 come to an end?22

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          22 "Can anyone teach knowledge to God,23 since he judges even the highest?24

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          23 One man dies in full vigor,25 completely secure and at ease,26

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