Job 21:8-18 NIV

8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes.1

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9 Their homes are safe and free from fear;2 the rod of God is not upon them.3

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10 Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry.4

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11 They send forth their children as a flock;5 their little ones dance about.

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12 They sing to the music of tambourine and harp;6 they make merry to the sound of the flute.7

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13 They spend their years in prosperity8 and go down to the gravea9 in peace.b10

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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!11 We have no desire to know your ways.12

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      15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'13

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      16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.14

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      17 "Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?15 How often does calamity16 come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?17

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      18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff18 swept away1920 by a gale?21

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