Job 21:17-34 NIV

17 "Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?1 How often does calamity2 come upon them, the fate God allots in his anger?3

References for Job 21:17

18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff4 swept away56 by a gale?7

References for Job 21:18

19 [It is said, ] 'God stores up a man's punishment for his sons.'8 Let him repay the man himself, so that he will know it!9

References for Job 21:19

20 Let his own eyes see his destruction;10 let him drink11 of the wrath of the Almighty.a12

References for Job 21:20

    • c 21:20 - -20 Verses 17 and 18 may be taken as exclamations and 19 and 20 as declarations.
      21 For what does he care about the family he leaves behind13 when his allotted months14 come to an end?15

      References for Job 21:21

      22 "Can anyone teach knowledge to God,16 since he judges even the highest?17

      References for Job 21:22

      23 One man dies in full vigor,18 completely secure and at ease,19

      References for Job 21:23

      24 his bodyb well nourished,20 his bones21 rich with marrow.22

      References for Job 21:24

        • d 21:24 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
          25 Another man dies in bitterness of soul,23 never having enjoyed anything good.

          References for Job 21:25

          26 Side by side they lie in the dust,24 and worms25 cover them both.26

          References for Job 21:26

          27 "I know full well what you are thinking, the schemes by which you would wrong me.
          28 You say, 'Where now is the great man's27 house, the tents where wicked men lived?'28

          References for Job 21:28

          29 Have you never questioned those who travel? Have you paid no regard to their accounts--
          30 that the evil man is spared from the day of calamity,29 that he is delivered fromc the day of wrath?30

          References for Job 21:30

            • e 21:30 - Or "man is reserved for the day of calamity, / that he is brought forth to"
              31 Who denounces his conduct to his face? Who repays him for what he has done?31

              References for Job 21:31

              32 He is carried to the grave, and watch is kept over his tomb.32

              References for Job 21:32

              33 The soil in the valley is sweet to him;33 all men follow after him, and a countless throng goesd before him.34

              References for Job 21:33

                • f 21:33 - Or / "as a countless throng went"
                  34 "So how can you console me35 with your nonsense? Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!"36

                  References for Job 21:34