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Job 21 - NIV


1 Then Job replied:


“Listen carefully to my words;
let this be the consolation you give me.

3 Bear with me while I speak,
and after I have spoken, mock on.


“Is my complaint directed to a human being?
Why should I not be impatient?

5 Look at me and be appalled;
clap your hand over your mouth.

6 When I think about this, I am terrified;
trembling seizes my body.

7 Why do the wicked live on,
growing old and increasing in power?

8 They see their children established around them,
their offspring before their eyes.

9 Their homes are safe and free from fear;
the rod of God is not on them.

10 Their bulls never fail to breed;
their cows calve and do not miscarry.

11 They send forth their children as a flock;
their little ones dance about.

12 They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre;
they make merry to the sound of the pipe.

13 They spend their years in prosperity
and go down to the grave in peace.[a]

14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone!
We have no desire to know your ways.

15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
What would we gain by praying to him?’

16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands,
so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.


“Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?
How often does calamity come upon them,
the fate God allots in his anger?

18 How often are they like straw before the wind,
like chaff swept away by a gale?

19 It is said, ‘God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.’
Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it!

20 Let their own eyes see their destruction;
let them drink the cup of the wrath of the Almighty.

21 For what do they care about the families they leave behind
when their allotted months come to an end?


“Can anyone teach knowledge to God,
since he judges even the highest?

23 One person dies in full vigor,
completely secure and at ease,

24 well nourished in body,[b]
bones rich with marrow.

25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,
never having enjoyed anything good.

26 Side by side they lie in the dust,
and worms cover them both.


“I know full well what you are thinking,
the schemes by which you would wrong me.

28 You say, ‘Where now is the house of the great,
the tents where the wicked lived?’

29 Have you never questioned those who travel?
Have you paid no regard to their accounts—

30 that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity,
that they are delivered from[c] the day of wrath?

31 Who denounces their conduct to their face?
Who repays them for what they have done?

32 They are carried to the grave,
and watch is kept over their tombs.

33 The soil in the valley is sweet to them;
everyone follows after them,
and a countless throng goes[d] before them.


“So how can you console me with your nonsense?
Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”


a. Job 21:13 Or in an instant
b. Job 21:24 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
c. Job 21:30 Or wicked are reserved for the day of calamity,that they are brought forth to
d. Job 21:33 Or them,as a countless throng went

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Thomas Swope avatar
The Evil Man’s Guide to Success
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Jul, 2016
Summary: A study of the book of Job 21: 1 – 34
Series: Job
Joseph Smith avatar
Playing It Safe: Job's Friend Zophar
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Feb, 2009
Summary: For Lent and Annunciation: Zophar’s counsel is to "play it safe" by sticking to ideas rather than engaging persons. He thinks that security is the goal. God in Christ takes the risk of loving us and living with us.
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Scripture: Job 11:1-21:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,818
Andrew Rogers avatar
Shared by: Andrew Rogers on Jul, 2008
Summary: Looking at the suffering of job,and asking why bad things happen to good people
Scripture: Job 21:7
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,640
Tom Shepard avatar
Listen To Me! - Job Chapter Twenty One
Shared by: Tom Shepard on Nov, 2007
Summary: This is a study into Job chapter twenty one.
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Job 21:1-34
Denomination: Independent Bible
Views: 2,691
Joseph Smith avatar
I Know Your Schemes
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Mar, 2002
Summary: Poetic reflection for Maundy Thursday, in which the Jesus who is about to go to the cross tells His disciples that He knows their schemes to harm, their unwillingness to travel difficult roads, and their failure to accept the burden of testimony, so that
Series: I Know
based on 74 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,137