Job 21 (asv)
21:2Hear diligently my speech;
And let this be your consolations.
21:3Suffer me, and I also will speak;
And after that I have spoken, mock on.
21:4As for me, is my complaint to man?
And why should I not be impatient?
21:5Mark me, and be astonished,
And lay your hand upon your mouth.
21:6Even when I remember I am troubled,
21:7Wherefore do the wicked live,
21:8Their seed is established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes.
21:9Their houses are safe from fear,
21:10Their bull gendereth, and faileth not;
Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
21:11They send forth their little ones like a flock,
And their children dance.
21:12They sing to the timbrel and harp,
And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
21:13They spend their days in prosperity,
And in a moment they go down to Sheol.
21:14And they say unto God, Depart from us;
21:15What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
The counsel of the wicked is far from me. \\ \\
21:17How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
That their calamity cometh upon them?
That God distributeth sorrows in his anger?
21:18That they are as stubble before the wind,
And as chaff that the storm carrieth away?
21:19Ye say, God layeth up his iniquity for his children.
Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it:
21:20Let his own eyes see his destruction,
21:21For what careth he for his house after him,
When the number of his months is cut off?
Seeing he judgeth those that are high?
21:23One dieth in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and quiet:
21:24His pails are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moistened.
21:25And another dieth in bitterness of soul,
And never tasteth of good.
21:26They lie down alike in the dust,
And the worm covereth them. \\ \\
21:27Behold, I know your thoughts,
And the devices wherewith ye would wrong me.
21:28For ye say, Where is the house of the prince?
And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?
21:29Have ye not asked wayfaring men?
And do ye not know their evidences,
21:31Who shall declare his way to his face?
And who shall repay him what he hath done?
21:32Yet shall he be borne to the grave,
21:33The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him,
And all men shall draw after him,
As there were innumerable before him.
21:34How then comfort ye me in vain,
Seeing in your answers there remaineth only falsehood?