- ¶ THEN Job answered and said,
- Listen diligently to my speech, and let this be your consolation.
- Suffer me that I may speak;
and after I have spoken, then mock on.
- I will utter my complaint to men, why my spirit is distressed.
- Return to me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
- Even when I think of it, I tremble, and terror takes hold of my flesh.
- ¶ Why do the ungodly live, and why are the mighty in power full of years?
- Their descendants are established in their sight with them, and their children before their eyes.
- Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
- Their bull breeds, and fails not;
their cow calves, and does not cast her calf.
- Their children stand firm like a flock, and their boys dance.
- They take the timbrels and harps, and rejoice at the sound of singing.
- They spend their days in prosperity, and then suddenly go down to Sheol.
- They say to God, Depart from us;
for we do not desire to know thy ways.
- Moreover, they say, Who is God, that we should serve him?
And what would we gain, that we should pray to him?
- Lo, they have no power over their prosperity;
the counsel of the ungodly is far from me.
- ¶ How often is it that the wicked are left without an heir!
how often their destruction comes upon them!
God distributes sorrows in his anger.
- They are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away.
- God reserves man’s iniquity for his children;
he pays it back to him, and he shall know it.
- His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
- For what pleasure has he in his house after him, when a portion of his years shall be reserved for his posterity?
- Shall any teach God knowledge, seeing it is he who judges the proud?
- One dies in his full strength, sound of body, being wholly confident, and at ease.
- His body is full of fat, and his bones are filled with marrow.
- And another dies in the bitterness of his soul, never having tasted prosperity.
- They shall lie down in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
- ¶ Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which you wrongfully imagine against me.
- For you say.
Where is the house of the righteous?
And where is the place in which the wicked has pitched his tent?
- Have you not asked those who pass by the way?
And do you not recognize their tokens?
- For the evil man is reserved for the day of destruction, he shall be remembered in the day of wrath.
- Who can show him the way?
And who shall repay him for what he has done?
- Yet he shall be brought to the grave, he is reserved for misfortune.
- The depths of the valley shall swallow him, and many shall be drawn in after him, even as there are innumerable ahead of him.
- How then can you comfort me in vain, seeing that your abominable answers are multiplied before me?