Job’s Seventh Speech: A Response to Zophar

1 Then Job answered and said,
2 "Listen carefully to my words, and let this be your consolation.
3 Bear [with] me, and I myself will speak; then after my speaking you can mock.
4 [As for] me, [is] my complaint for human beings? And if [so], why cannot I be impatient?
5 Turn to me and be appalled, and place [your] hand on [your] mouth.
6 And when I think of [it], I am horrified, and shuddering seizes my flesh.
7 "Why do [the] wicked live, grow old, even grow mighty [in] power?
8 With them their offspring [are] established {before them}, and their descendants before their eyes.
9 Their houses [are] safe without fear, and the rod of God [is] not upon them.
10 His bull breeds and does not fail; his cow calves and does not miscarry.
11 They send out their little ones like the flock, and their children dance around.
12 They {sing} to [the] tambourine and lyre, and they rejoice to [the] sound of [the] long flute.
13 They spend their days in prosperity, and in peace they go down to Sheol.
14 And they say to God, 'Turn away from us, for we do not desire to know your ways.
15 Who [is] Shaddai that we should serve him, or what would we benefit when we plead with him?'
16 Look, their prosperity [is] not in their hands; the schemes of [the] wicked are repugnant to me.
17 "How often is [the] lamp of [the] wicked put out, and their disaster comes upon them? He distributes pains in his anger.
18 [How often] are they like straw {before} the wind, and like chaff that [the] storm carries away?
19 'God stores up his iniquity for his children'? [Then] let him repay [it] to him that he may know.
20 Let his eyes see his decay, and let him drink from the wrath of Shaddai,
21 for what {does he care for} his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off?
22 Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since he himself judges high ones?
23 This [one] dies {in full prosperity}, {completely} at ease and secure.
24 His vats are full [with] milk and the marrow of his bones is moist.
25 Yet another dies with a bitter inner self and has not tasted prosperity.
26 They lie down together in [the] dust, and maggots cover them.
27 "Look, I know your thoughts and [the] schemes you devise against me.
28 For you say, 'Where is the nobleman's house, and where [are] {the tents in which the wicked dwell}?'
29 Do you not ask [those] traveling [the] roads, and do you not take notice of their accounts?
30 Indeed, [the] wicked is spared from [the] day of disaster; he is delivered from [the] day of wrath.
31 Who denounces his way to his face? And who repays him [for what] he has done?
32 When he is brought to [the] grave, then someone stands guard over [the] tomb.
33 [The] clods of [the] valley are sweet to him; everyone will follow after him, and {before} him {they are innumerable}.
34 So how will you comfort me [with] emptiness, when fraud is left [in] your answers?"