- Then Job made answer and said,
- Give attention with care to my words;
and let this be your comfort.
- Let me say what is in my mind, and after that, go on making sport of me.
- As for me, is my outcry against man?
is it then to be wondered at if my spirit is troubled?
- Take note of me and be full of wonder, put your hand on your mouth.
- At the very thought of it my flesh is shaking with fear.
- Why is life given to the evil-doers?
why do they become old and strong in power?
- Their children are ever with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
- Their houses are free from fear, and the rod of God does not come on them.
- Their ox is ready at all times to give seed;
their cow gives birth, without dropping her young.
- They send out their young ones like a flock, and their children have pleasure in the dance,
- They make songs to the instruments of music, and are glad at the sound of the pipe.
- Their days come to an end without trouble, and suddenly they go down to the underworld.
- Though they said to God, Go away from us, for we have no desire for the knowledge of your ways.
- What is the Ruler of all, that we may give him worship?
and what profit is it to us to make prayer to him?
- Truly, is not their well-being in their power?
(The purpose of the evil-doers is far from me.)
- How frequently is the light of the evil-doers put out, or does trouble come on them?
how frequently does his wrath take them with cords?
- How frequently are they as dry stems before the wind, or as grass taken away by the storm-wind?
- You say, God keeps punishment stored up for his children.
Let him send it on the man himself, so that he may have the punishment of it!
- Let his eyes see his trouble, and let him be full of the wrath of the Ruler of all!
- For what interest has he in his house after him, when the number of his months is ended?
- Is anyone able to give teaching to God?
for he is the judge of those who are on high.
- One comes to his end in complete well-being, full of peace and quiet:
- His buckets are full of milk, and there is no loss of strength in his bones.
- And another comes to his end with a bitter soul, without ever tasting good.
- Together they go down to the dust, and are covered by the worm.
- See, I am conscious of your thoughts, and of your violent purposes against me;
- For you say, Where is the house of the ruler, and where is the tent of the evil-doer?
- Have you not put the question to the travellers, and do you not take note of their experience?
- How the evil man goes free in the day of trouble, and has salvation in the day of wrath?
- Who will make his way clear to his face?
and if he has done a thing, who gives him punishment for it?
- He is taken to his last resting-place, and keeps watch over it.
- The earth of the valley covering his bones is sweet to him, and all men come after him, as there were unnumbered before him.
- Why then do you give me comfort with words in which there is no profit, when you see that there is nothing in your answers but deceit?