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Job 21 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Job answered: 1 Then Job replied:
2 "Listen carefully to my words, and let this be your consolation. 2 "Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me.
3 Bear with me, and I will speak, and after I have spoken, mock on. 3 Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
4 As for me, is my complaint against man? Why should I not be impatient? 4 "Is my complaint directed to man? Why should I not be impatient?
5 Look at me, and be appalled, and lay your hand upon your mouth. 5 Look at me and be astonished; clap your hand over your mouth.
6 When I think of it I am dismayed, and shuddering seizes my flesh. 6 When I think about this, I am terrified; trembling seizes my body.
7 Why do the wicked live, reach old age, and grow mighty in power? 7 Why do the wicked live on, growing old and increasing in power?
8 Their children are established in their presence, and their offspring before their eyes. 8 They see their children established around them, their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe from fear, and no rod of God is upon them. 9 Their homes are safe and free from fear; the rod of God is not upon them.
10 Their bull breeds without fail; their cow calves, and does not cast her calf. 10 Their bulls never fail to breed; their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. 11 They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about.
12 They sing to the tambourine and the lyre, and rejoice to the sound of the pipe. 12 They sing to the music of tambourine and harp; they make merry to the sound of the flute.
13 They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol. 13 They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace.
14 They say to God, 'Depart from us! We do not desire the knowledge of thy ways. 14 Yet they say to God, 'Leave us alone! We have no desire to know your ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we get if we pray to him?' 15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? What would we gain by praying to him?'
16 Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand? The counsel of the wicked is far from me. 16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands, so I stand aloof from the counsel of the wicked.
17 "How often is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out? That their calamity comes upon them? That God distributes pains in his anger? 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 That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away? 18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?
19 You say, 'God stores up their iniquity for their sons.' Let him recompense it to themselves, that they may know it. 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 see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty. 20 Let his own eyes see his destruction; let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what do they care for their houses after them, when the number of their months is cut off? 21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind when his allotted months come to an end?
22 Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those that are on high? 22 "Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he judges even the highest?
23 One dies in full prosperity, being wholly at ease and secure, 23 One man dies in full vigor, completely secure and at ease,
24 his body full of fat and the marrow of his bones moist. 24 his body well nourished, his bones rich with marrow.
25 Another dies in bitterness of soul, never having tasted of good. 25 Another man dies in bitterness of soul, never having enjoyed anything good.
26 They lie down alike in the dust, and the worms cover them. 26 Side by side they lie in the dust, and worms cover them both.
27 "Behold, I know your thoughts, and your schemes to wrong me. 27 "I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28 For you say, 'Where is the house of the prince? Where is the tent in which the wicked dwelt?' 28 You say, 'Where now is the great man's house, the tents where wicked men lived?'
29 Have you not asked those who travel the roads, and do you not accept their testimony 29 Have you never questioned those who travel? Have you paid no regard to their accounts--
30 that the wicked man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath? 30 that the evil man is spared from the day of calamity, that he is delivered from the day of wrath?
31 Who declares his way to his face, and who requites him for what he has done? 31 Who denounces his conduct to his face? Who repays him for what he has done?
32 When he is borne to the grave, watch is kept over his tomb. 32 He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.
33 The clods of the valley are sweet to him; all men follow after him, and those who go before him are innumerable. 33 The soil in the valley is sweet to him; all men follow after him, and a countless throng goes before him.
34 How then will you comfort me with empty nothings? There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood." 34 "So how can you console me with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!"