Job Replies: The Wicked Do Prosper
1But Job answered:
2“Listen carefully to my speech,
and let this be your consolation.
3#Job 16:10; 17:2 Bear with me that I may speak,
and after I have spoken, mock on.
4“As for me, is my complaint against man?
And if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
5#Jdg 18:19; Job 29:9 Look at me and be astonished,
and put your hand over your mouth.
6Even when I remember I am afraid,
and trembling takes hold of my body.
7#Job 12:6; Ps 37:35 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.
9#Job 9:34; Ps 73:5 Their houses are safe from fear,
nor is the rod of God upon them.
10#Ex 23:26 Their bull breeds without failure;
their cow gives calves without miscarriage.
11They send forth their little ones like a flock,
and their children dance.
12#Ge 4:21 They take up the tambourine and harp
and rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13#Job 36:11 They spend their days in wealth,
and in a moment go down to Sheol.
14#Job 22:17; Pr 1:29 Therefore they say to God, ‘Depart from us,
for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15#Job 34:9; Ex 5:2 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’
16#Job 22:18; Ps 1:1 Indeed, their prosperity is not in their hand.
The counsel of the wicked is far fromme.
17#Job 18:5–6 “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#Job 13:25; Ps 1:4 They are like straw before the wind,
and like chaff that a storm carries away.
19#Ex 20:5 God stores up their iniquity for their children;
let Him reward the people themselves, and they will know it.
20#Isa 51:17; Rev 14:10 Let their eyes see their own destruction,
and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21#Job 14:5 For what do they care about their households after them,
when the number of their months is cut off?
22#Ro 11:34; Isa 40:13–14 “Can anyone teach God knowledge,
since He judges those who are on high?
23One dies in his full strength,
being wholly at ease and secure.
24#Pr 3:8 His pails are full of milk,
and the marrow of his bones is moist.
25#Job 7:11 Another dies in the bitterness of his soul,
never having eaten with pleasure.
26#Ecc 9:2; Isa 14:11 They will lie down alike in the dust,
and worms will cover them.
27“Behold, I know your thoughts,
and the schemes with which you would wrong me.
28#Job 8:22; 20:7 For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince?
And where are the dwelling places of the wicked?’
29Have you not asked them who travel the road?
And do you not know their signs?
30#Pr 16:4; Job 20:28 For the wicked are reserved for the day of destruction;
they will be brought forth on the day of wrath.
31#Dt 7:10; Gal 2:11 Who will declare his way to his face?
And who will repay him for what he has done?
32Yet will he be brought to the grave
and will remain in the tomb.
33#Job 30:23; Heb 9:27 The clods of the valley will be sweet unto him;
and everyone will follow him,
as countless have gone before.
34#Job 16:2 “How then can you comfort me with emptiness,
since deceit remains in your answers?”