Parallel Bible results for Job 21

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Job 21

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