2"Listencarefully 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 1mock.
"As for me, is 2my complaintbto man ? And 3why should cI not be impatient ?
5"Look at me, and be astonished, And 4put your handover your mouth.
"Even when I remember, I am disturbed, And 5horrortakeshold of my flesh.
7"Why6do the wicked still live, Continue on, alsobecomevery7powerful ?
"Their d8descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes,
Their houses9are safe from fear, And the rod of God is not on them.
"His oxmatesewithoutfail ; His cowcalves and does not abort.
"They send forth their littleones like the flock, And their childrenskipabout.
"They fsing to the timbrel and harp And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
"They 10spend their days in prosperity, And gsuddenly they godown to hSheol.
"They say to God, '11Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
'iWho is jthe Almighty, that we should serve Him, And 12what would we gainif we entreat Him?'
16"Behold, their prosperity is not in their hand ; The 13counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17"Howoften is 14the lamp of the wickedput out, Or does their 15calamityfall on them? Does kGod apportiondestruction in His anger ?
"Are they as 16strawbefore the wind, And like 17chaff which the stormcarriesaway ?
"You say, '18Godstoresawayla man's iniquity for his sons.' Let mGod repay him so that he may know it.
"Let his 19own eyessee his decay, And let him 20drink of the wrath of nthe Almighty.
"For what does he care for his householdoafter him, When the number of his months is cutoff ?
"Can anyone 21teachGodknowledge, In that He 22judges those on high ?
23"One23dies in his fullstrength, Being wholly at ease and psatisfied ;
His qsides are filled out with fat, And the 24marrow of his bones is moist,
While anotherdies with a bittersoul, Never even rtasting anything good.
26"Together they 25liedown in the dust, And 26wormscover them.
27"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 dwellingplaces of the wicked ?'
"Have you not askedwayfaring men, And do you not recognize their switness ?
"For the 29wicked is reserved for the day of calamity ; They will be ledforth at 30the day of fury.
31"Who will tconfront him with his actions, And who will repay him for what he has done ?
"While he is carried to the grave, Men will keepwatchover his tomb.
"The 31clods of the valley will ugentlycover him; Moreover, 32allmen will vfollowafter him, While countless ones go before him.
34"How then will you vainly33comfort me, For your answersremain full of wfalsehood ?"