"Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be your way of consolation.
"Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may 1mock.
"As for me, is 2my complaint to man? And 3why should I not be impatient?
"Look at me, and be astonished, And 4put your hand over your mouth.
"Even when I remember, I am disturbed, And 5horror takes hold of my flesh.
"Why 6do the wicked still live, Continue on, also become very 7powerful?
"Their 8descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes,
Their houses 9are safe from fear, And the rod of God is not on them.
"His ox mates without fail; His cow calves and does not abort.
"They send forth their little ones like the flock, And their children skip about.
"They sing to the timbrel and harp And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
"They 10spend their days in prosperity, And suddenly they go down to Sheol.
"They say to God, '11Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
'Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, And 12what would we gain if we entreat Him?'
"Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand; The 13counsel of the wicked is far from me.
"How often is 14the lamp of the wicked put out, Or does their 15calamity fall on them? Does God apportion destruction in His anger?
"Are they as 16straw before the wind, And like 17chaff which the storm carries away?
"You say, '18God stores away a man's iniquity for his sons.' Let God repay him so that he may know it.
"Let his 19own eyes see his decay, And let him 20drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
"For what does he care for his household after him, When the number of his months is cut off?
"Can anyone 21teach God knowledge, In that He 22judges those on high?
"One 23dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and satisfied;
His sides are filled out with fat, And the 24marrow of his bones is moist,
While another dies with a bitter soul, Never even tasting anything good.
"Together they 25lie down in the dust, And 26worms cover them.
"Behold, I know your thoughts, And the plans by which you would wrong me.
"For you say, 'Where is the house of 27the nobleman, And where is the 28tent, the dwelling places of the wicked?'
"Have you not asked wayfaring men, And do you not recognize their witness?
"For the 29wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; They will be led forth at 30the day of fury.
"Who will confront him with his actions, And who will repay him for what he has done?
"While he is carried to the grave, Men will keep watch over his tomb.
"The 31clods of the valley will gently cover him; Moreover, 32all men will follow after him, While countless ones go before him.
"How then will you vainly 33comfort me, For your answers remain full of falsehood?"