Job’s Discourse on the Wicked
1Then Job answered and said:
2“Listen carefully to my speech,
And let this be your consolation.
3Bear with me that I may speak,
And after I have spoken, keep ⚓mocking.
4“As for me, is my complaint against man?
And if it were, why should I not be impatient?
5Look at me and be astonished;
⚓Put your hand over your mouth.
6Even when I remember I am terrified,
And trembling takes hold of my flesh.
7⚓Why do the wicked live and become old,
Yes, become mighty in power?
8Their descendants are established with them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes.
9Their houses are safe from fear,
⚓Neither is the rod of God upon them.
10Their bull breeds without failure;
Their cow calves ⚓without miscarriage.
11They send forth their little ones like a flock,
And their children dance.
12They sing to the tambourine and harp,
And rejoice to the sound of the flute.
13They ⚓spend their days in wealth,
And in a moment go down to the grave.
14⚓Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us,
For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15⚓Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And ⚓what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’
16Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand;
⚓The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17“How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?
How often does their destruction come upon them,
The sorrows God⚓distributes in His anger?
18⚓They are like straw before the wind,
And like chaff that a storm carries away.
19They say, ‘God lays up one’s iniquity ⚓for his children’;
Let Him recompense him, that he may know it.
20Let his eyes see his destruction,
And ⚓let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21For what does he care about his household after him,
When the number of his months is cut in half?
22“Can⚓anyone teach God knowledge,
Since He judges those on high?
23One dies in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and secure;
24His pails are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moist.
25Another man dies in the bitterness of his soul,
Never having eaten with pleasure.
26They ⚓lie down alike in the dust,
And worms cover them.
27“Look, I know your thoughts,
And the schemes with which you would wrong me.
28For you say,
‘Where is the house of the prince?
And where is the tent,
The dwelling place of the wicked?’
29Have you not asked those who travel the road?
And do you not know their signs?
30⚓For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom;
They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
31Who condemns his way to his face?
And who repays him for what he has done?
32Yet he shall be brought to the grave,
And a vigil kept over the tomb.
33The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him;
⚓Everyone shall follow him,
As countless have gone before him.
34How then can you comfort me with empty words,
Since falsehood remains in your answers?”