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Job 21 CEBA/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha (CEBA) New International Version (NIV)
1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 Listen carefully to my remarks and let that comfort you. 2 "Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me.
3 Bear with me so I can speak, I myself; and after my reply you can mock. 3 Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
4 Are my complaints against another human; why is my patience short? 4 "Is my complaint directed to man? Why should I not be impatient?
5 Turn to me and be appalled; lay your hand over your mouth. 5 Look at me and be astonished; clap your hand over your mouth.
6 If I recall it, I'm scared; shaking seizes my body. 6 When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body.
7 Why do the wicked live, grow old, and even become strong? 7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
8 Their children are always with them, their offspring in their sight, 8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes.
9 their houses safe from dread, God's punishing stick not upon them. 9 Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.
10 Their bull always breeds successfully; their cows give birth and never miscarry. 10 Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11 They send forth their little ones like sheep; their infants bounce around. 11 They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about.
12 They raise drum and lyre, rejoice at the sound of a flute. 12 They sing to the music of tambourine and harp; they make merry to the sound of the flute.
13 They spend their days contentedly, go down to the grave peacefully. 13 They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.
14 They say to God, "Turn away from us; we take no pleasure in knowing your ways; 14 Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways.
15 who is the Almighty that we should serve him, and what can we gain if we meet him?" 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'
16 Look, isn't their well-being the work of their own hands? A sinner's logic is beyond me. 16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.
17 How often does the lamp of the wicked flicker or disaster come upon them, with its fury inflicting pain on them? 17 "Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out? How often does calamity come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?
18 Let them be like straw in the wind, like dry grass stolen by a storm. 18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?
19 God stores up his punishment for his children. Let him destroy them so they know. 19 [It is said, ] 'God stores up a man's punishment for his sons.' Let him repay the man himself, so that he will know it!
20 Let their own eyes witness their doom. Let them drink from the Almighty's wrath. 20 Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 What do they care about their household after they die, when their numbered days are cut off? 21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind when his allotted months come to an end?
22 Will they instruct God— he who judges the most powerful? 22 "Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?
23 Someone dies in wonderful health, completely comfortable and well, 23 One man dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease,
24 their buckets full of milk, their bones marrow-filled and sound. 24 his body well nourished, his bones rich with marrow.
25 Another dies in bitter spirit, never having tasted the good things. 25 Another man dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good.
26 They lie together in the dust and worms cover them. 26 Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.
27 Look, I know your thoughts; your plans harm me. 27 "I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28 You say, "Where is the official's house? Where is the tent, the dwelling of the wicked?" 28 You say, 'Where now is the great man's house, the tents where wicked men lived?'
29 Haven't you asked travelers or paid attention to their reports? 29 Have you never questioned those who travel? Have you paid no regard to their accounts--
30 On the day of disaster the wicked are spared; on the day of fury they are rescued. 30 that the evil man is spared from the day of calamity, that he is delivered from the day of wrath?
31 Who can criticize their behavior to their faces; they act, and who can avenge them? 31 Who denounces his conduct to his face? Who repays him for what he has done?
32 They are carried to their graves; someone keeps guard over their tombs. 32 He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33 The soil near the desert streambed is sweet to them; everyone marches after them— those before them, beyond counting. 33 The soil in the valley is sweet to him; all men follow after him, and a countless throng goes before him.
34 How empty is your comfort to me; only deceit remains in your responses. 34 "So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!"