Job 20

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The Book of Job

Chapter 21

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But Job answered4 and said,4

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Hear3 diligently2 my speech, and let this be your consolations.

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Suffer3 me that I may speak;17 and after that I have spoken,15 mock on.55

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As for me, [is] my complaint to man? and if [it were so], why should not my spirit be troubled?4

5

Mark3 me, and be astonished,92 and lay3 [your] hand upon [your] mouth.

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Even when I remember1 I am afraid,8 and trembling taketh hold1 on my flesh.

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Wherefore do the wicked live,4 become old,1 yea, are mighty1 in power?

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Their seed is established12 in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.

9

Their houses [are] safe from fear, neither [is] the rod of God upon them.

10

Their bull gendereth,14 and faileth55 not; their cow calveth,17 and casteth not her calf.17

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They send forth17 their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.17

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They take4 the timbrel and harp, and rejoice4 at the sound of the organ.

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They spend17 1086 17 their days in wealth, and in a moment go down11 5181 4 to the grave.

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Therefore they say4 unto God, Depart3 from us; for we desire1 not the knowledge of thy ways.

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What [is] the Almighty, that we should serve4 him? and what profit55 should we have, if we pray4 unto him?

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Lo, their good [is] not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far1 from me.

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How oft is the candle of the wicked put out!4 and [how oft] cometh4 their destruction upon them! [God] distributeth17 sorrows in his anger.

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They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.1

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God layeth up4 his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth17 him, and he shall know4 [it].

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His eyes shall see4 his destruction, and he shall drink4 of the wrath of the Almighty.

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For what pleasure [hath] he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?27

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Shall [any] teach17 God knowledge? seeing he judgeth4 those that are high.6

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One dieth4 in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.

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His breasts are full1 of milk, and his bones are moistened29 with marrow.

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And another dieth4 in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth1 with pleasure.

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They shall lie down4 alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover17 them.

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Behold, I know1 your thoughts, and the devices [which] ye wrongfully imagine4 against me.

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For ye say,4 Where [is] the house of the prince? and where [are] the dwelling places of the wicked?

29

Have ye not asked1 them that go by6 the way? and do ye not know17 their tokens,

30

That the wicked is reserved11 to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth93 to the day of wrath.

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Who shall declare55 his way to his face? and who shall repay17 him [what] he hath done?1

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Yet shall he be brought93 to the grave, and shall remain4 in the tomb.

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The clods of the valley shall be sweet1 unto him, and every man shall draw4 after him, as [there are] innumerable 4557 before him.

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How then comfort17 ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth8 falsehood?

Job 22