Job 21 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 21


Job 21:1

Then Job answered and said,

Job 21:2

Hear diligently my speech; And let this be your consolations.

Job 21:3

Suffer me, and I also will speak; And after that I have spoken, mock on.

Job 21:4

As for me, is my complaint to man? And why should I not be impatient?

Job 21:5

Mark me, and be astonished, And lay your hand upon your mouth.

Job 21:6

Even when I remember I am troubled, And horror taketh hold on my flesh.

Job 21:7

Wherefore do the wicked live, Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?

Job 21:8

Their seed is established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes.

Job 21:9

Their houses are safe from fear, Neither is the rod of God upon them.

Job 21:10

Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.

Job 21:11

They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children dance.

Job 21:12

They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

Job 21:13

They spend their days in prosperity, And in a moment they go down to Sheol.

Job 21:14

And they say unto God, Depart from us; For we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.

Job 21:15

What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

Job 21:16

Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand: The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

Job 21:17

How 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?

Job 21:18

That they are as stubble before the wind, And as chaff that the storm carrieth away?

Job 21:19

[Ye say], God layeth up his iniquity for his children. Let him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it:

Job 21:20

Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

Job 21:21

For what careth he for his house after him, When the number of his months is cut off?

Job 21:22

Shall any teach God knowledge, Seeing he judgeth those that are high?

Job 21:23

One dieth in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet:

Job 21:24

His pails are full of milk, And the marrow of his bones is moistened.

Job 21:25

And another dieth in bitterness of soul, And never tasteth of good.

Job 21:26

They lie down alike in the dust, And the worm covereth them.

Job 21:27

Behold, I know your thoughts, And the devices wherewith ye would wrong me.

Job 21:28

For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? And where is the tent wherein the wicked dwelt?

Job 21:29

Have ye not asked wayfaring men? And do ye not know their evidences,

Job 21:30

That the evil man is reserved to the day of calamity? That they are led forth to the day of wrath?

Job 21:31

Who shall declare his way to his face? And who shall repay him what he hath done?

Job 21:32

Yet shall he be borne to the grave, And men shall keep watch over the tomb.

Job 21:33

The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, And all men shall draw after him, As there were innumerable before him.

Job 21:34

How then comfort ye me in vain, Seeing in your answers there remaineth [only] falsehood?

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