Job 21 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Job replied: 1 Then Job replied:
2 "Now listen to me carefully, please listen, at least do me the favor of listening. 2 "Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me.
3 Put up with me while I have my say - then you can mock me later to your heart's content. 3 Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
4 "It's not you I'm complaining to - it's God. Is it any wonder I'm getting fed up with his silence? 4 "Is my complaint directed to man? Why should I not be impatient?
5 Take a good look at me. Aren't you appalled by what's happened? No! Don't say anything. I can do without your comments. 5 Look at me and be astonished; clap your hand over your mouth.
6 When I look back, I go into shock, my body is racked with spasms. 6 When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body.
7 Why do the wicked have it so good, live to a ripe old age and get rich? 7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
8 They get to see their children succeed, get to watch and enjoy their grandchildren. 8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their homes are peaceful and free from fear; they never experience God's disciplining rod. 9 Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.
10 Their bulls breed with great vigor and their cows calve without fail. 10 Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11 They send their children out to play and watch them frolic like spring lambs. 11 They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about.
12 They make music with fiddles and flutes, have good times singing and dancing. 12 They sing to the music of tambourine and harp; they make merry to the sound of the flute.
13 They have a long life on easy street, and die painlessly in their sleep. 13 They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.
14 They say to God, 'Get lost! We've no interest in you or your ways. 14 Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways.
15 Why should we have dealings with God Almighty? What's there in it for us?' 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'
16 But they're wrong, dead wrong - they're not gods. It's beyond me how they can carry on like this! 16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.
17 "Still, how often does it happen that the wicked fail, or disaster strikes, or they get their just deserts? 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 How often are they blown away by bad luck? Not very often. 18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?
19 You might say, 'God is saving up the punishment for their children.' I say, 'Give it to them right now so they'll know what they've done!' 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 They deserve to experience the effects of their evil, feel the full force of God's wrath firsthand. 20 Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 What do they care what happens to their families after they're safely tucked away in the grave? Fancy Funerals with All the Trimmings 21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind when his allotted months come to an end?
22 "But who are we to tell God how to run his affairs? He's dealing with matters that are way over our heads. 22 "Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?
23 Some people die in the prime of life, with everything going for them - 23 One man dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease,
24 fat and sassy. 24 his body well nourished, his bones rich with marrow.
25 Others die bitter and bereft, never getting a taste of happiness. 25 Another man dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good.
26 They're laid out side by side in the cemetery, where the worms can't tell one from the other. 26 Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.
27 "I'm not deceived. I know what you're up to, the plans you're cooking up to bring me down. 27 "I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28 Naively you claim that the castles of tyrants fall to pieces, that the achievements of the wicked collapse. 28 You say, 'Where now is the great man's house, the tents where wicked men lived?'
29 Have you ever asked world travelers how they see it? Have you not listened to their stories 29 Have you never questioned those who travel? Have you paid no regard to their accounts--
30 Of evil men and women who got off scot-free, who never had to pay for their wickedness? 30 that the evil man is spared from the day of calamity, that he is delivered from the day of wrath?
31 Did anyone ever confront them with their crimes? Did they ever have to face the music? 31 Who denounces his conduct to his face? Who repays him for what he has done?
32 Not likely - they're given fancy funerals with all the trimmings, 32 He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33 Gently lowered into expensive graves, with everyone telling lies about how wonderful they were. 33 The soil in the valley is sweet to him; all men follow after him, and a countless throng goes before him.
34 "So how do you expect me to get any comfort from your nonsense? Your so-called comfort is a tissue of lies." 34 "So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!"