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E. The third round of debates 21:1—32:1
1. Job's conclusion concerning prosperity and calamity in human life 21:1-34
a. His calming word to his friends vv. 1-6
Job 21 :1 21:1 Then Job answered and said,
Job 21 :2 21:2 Listen carefully to my word,
And let this be your consolations.
Job 21 :3 21:3 Bear with me, and I will speak;
And after I have spoken, mock on.
Job 21 :4 21:4 As for me, is my complaint to man?
And why should my spirit not be impatient?
Job 21 :5 21:5 Look at me and be appalled;
And put your hand over your mouth.
Job 21 :6 21:6 Even when I remember, I am troubled,
And horror takes hold of my flesh.
b. The prosperity of the wicked vv. 7-16
Job 21 :7 21:7 Why do the awicked live,
Grow old, even become mighty in riches?
Job 21 :8 21:8 Their seed is established with them in their sight,
And their offspring, before their eyes.
Job 21 :9 21:9 Their houses are free from dread,
And the arod of God is not upon them.
Job 21 :10 21:10 1Their bull breeds and does not fail;
1Their cow calves and does not miscarry.
Job 21 :11 21:11 They send forth their little ones like a herd,
And their children dance.
Job 21 :12 21:12 They lift up their voices to the tambourine and lyre,
And they rejoice at the sound of the flute.
Job 21 :13 21:13 They spend their days in prosperity,
And in a moment they go down into aSheol.
Job 21 :14 21:14 And they say unto God, aDepart from us,
For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Job 21 :15 21:15 aWhat is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit is there, that we should pray to Him?
Job 21 :16 21:16 Indeed, their prosperity is not in their own hand.
The counsel of the wicked is far from 1Him.
c. Job's questions concerning God's recompense to the wicked vv. 17-34
Job 21 :17 21:17 How often is the lamp of the wicked put out,
So that their calamity comes upon them,
So that 1God distributes sorrows in His anger?
Job 21 :18 21:18 Do they become like straw before the wind
And like chaff that the storm carries off?
Job 21 :19 21:19 You say, God stores up the punishment of his iniquity for his children.
I say, Let Him recompense him, so that he knows it.
Job 21 :20 21:20 Let his eyes see his destruction,
And let him drink the wrath of the Almighty.
Job 21 :21 21:21 For what is there for him to delight in, in his house after him,
When the number of his months is cut off?
Job 21 :22 21:22 Will someone teach knowledge to God,
Seeing that He judges those who are on high?
Job 21 :23 21:23 One dies in his full strength,
Being completely at ease and quiet;
Job 21 :24 21:24 His pails are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moist.
Job 21 :25 21:25 But another dies in bitterness of soul
And does not taste of good.
Job 21 :26 21:26 They lie down alike in the adust,
And the worm covers them.
Job 21 :27 21:27 Indeed, I know your thoughts,
And the devices by which you would wrong me.
Job 21 :28 21:28 For you say, Where is the house of the prince?
Where is the tent of the dwellings of the wicked?
Job 21 :29 21:29 Have you not asked those who travel the roads?
And do you not regard their evidence,
Job 21 :30 21:30 That the wicked man is spared in the day of calamity,
That they are led forth at the day of overflowing wrath?
Job 21 :31 21:31 Who will declare his way to his face?
And who will repay him what he has done?
Job 21 :32 21:32 When he is borne to the grave,
A watch is kept over the tomb.
Job 21 :33 21:33 The clods of the valley are sweet to him;
And all men go in procession after him,
And those who went before him are without number.
Job 21 :34 21:34 Why then do you comfort me with vanity?
For your responses leave only falsehood behind.
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