Job Chapter 21
(Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Iob sheweth that euen in the iudgement of man, he hath reason to be grieued. 7 Sometimes the wicked doe so prosper, as they despise God. 16 Sometime their destruction is manifest. 22 The happy and vnhappy are alike in death. 27 The iudgement of the wicked is in another world.
But Iob answered, and sayd,
Heare diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
Suffer me that I may speake, and after that I haue spoken, mocke on.
As for mee, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?4
Marke mee, and be astonished, and lay your hand vpon your mouth.5
Euen when I remember, I am afraid, and trembling taketh holde on my flesh.
Wherefore doe the wicked liue, become old, yea, are mightie in power?7
Their seede is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from feare, neither is the rod of God vpon them.9
Their bull gendreth and faileth not, their cow calueth, and casteth not her calfe.
They send foorth their little ones like a flocke, and their children dance.
They take the timbrell and harpe, and reioyce at the sound of the organe.
They spend their daies in wealth, and in a moment goe downe to the graue.13
Therefore they say vnto God, Depart from vs: for we desire not the knowledge of thy wayes.14
What is the Almightie, that wee should serue him? and what profite should we haue, if we pray vnto him?
Loe, their good is not in their hand, the counsell of the wicked is farre from me.
How oft is the candle of the wicked put out? and how oft commeth their destruction vpon them? God distributeth sorrowes in his anger.17
They are as stubble before the winde, and as chaffe that the storme carieth away.18
All alike in death
God layeth vp his iniquitie for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.19
His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drinke of the wrath of the Almightie.
For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his moneths is cut off in the middest?
Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he iudgeth those that are high.
One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.23
His breasts are full of milke, and his bones are moistened with marrow.24
And another dieth in the bitternesse of his soule, and neuer eateth with pleasure.
They shall lie downe alike in the dust, and the wormes shall couer them.
Behold, I know your thoughts, and the deuices which yee wrongfully imagine against me.
For ye say, where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?28
Haue ye not asked them that goe by the way? and doe ye not know their tokens?
That the wicked is reserued to the day of destruction; they shall bee brought foorth to the day of wrath.30
Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
Yet shall hee be brought to the graue, & shall remaine in the tombe.32
The cloudes of the valley shalbe sweete vnto him, and euery man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
How then comfort ye me in vaine, seeing in your answeres there remaineth falshood?34
Job Chapter 21 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
4 Heb. shortened.
5 Heb. looke vnto me.
7 Psal.17. 10. and 73 12. iere.12. 1. hab.1.16.
9 Heb. are peace from feare.
13 Or, in mirth.
14 Chap.22. 17.
17 Or, lampe.
18 Heb. stealeth away
19 That is, the punishment of his iniquitie.
23 Heb. in his very perfection, or in the strength of his perfection.
24 Or, milkes pales.
28 Heb the tent of the tabernacles of the wicked.
30 Pro.16.4. , Heb. the day of wraths.
32 Heb. graues. , Heb. watch in the heape.
34 Heb. transgression.
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