21 Then Job answered and said:
And let this be your 1consolation.
And after I have spoken, keep amocking.
And if it were, why should I not be impatient?
bPut your hand over your mouth.
And trembling takes hold of my flesh.
7 cWhy do the wicked live and become old,
Yes, become mighty in power?
And their offspring before their eyes.
Their cow calves ewithout miscarriage.
And their children dance.
And rejoice to the sound of the flute.
13 They fspend their days in wealth,
14 gYet they say to God, ‘Depart from us,
For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways.
15 hWho is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And iwhat profit do we have if we pray to Him?’
16 Indeed 5their prosperity is not in their hand;
jThe counsel of the wicked is far from me.
How often does their destruction come upon them,
The sorrows God kdistributes in His anger?
18 lThey are like straw before the wind,
And like chaff that a storm 6carries away.
Let Him recompense him, that he may know it.
And nlet him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
When the number of his months is cut in half?
22 “Can oanyone teach God knowledge,
Since He judges those on high?
Being wholly at ease and secure;
24 His 9pails are full of milk,
And the marrow of his bones is moist.
Never having eaten with pleasure.
26 They plie down alike in the dust,
And worms cover them.
And the schemes with which you would wrong me.
‘Where is the house of the prince?
And where is 1the tent,
The dwelling place of the wicked?’
And do you not know their signs?
30 qFor the wicked are reserved for the day of doom;
They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
And who repays him for what he has done?
And a vigil kept over the tomb.
rEveryone shall follow him,
As countless have gone before him.
Since 2falsehood remains in your answers?”
22 Then aEliphaz the Temanite answered and said:
2 “Can ba man be profitable to God,
Though he who is wise may be profitable to himself?
Or is it gain to Him that you make your ways blameless?
And enters into judgment with you?
And your iniquity without end?
6 For you have ctaken pledges from your brother for no reason,
And stripped the naked of their clothing.
And you dhave withheld bread from the hungry.
8 But the 1mighty man possessed the land,
And the honorable man dwelt in it.
And the 2strength of the fatherless was crushed.
And sudden fear troubles you,
And an abundance of ewater covers you.
And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!
13 And you say, f‘What does God know?
Can He judge through the deep darkness?
14 gThick clouds cover Him, so that He cannot see,
And He walks above the circle of heaven.’
Which wicked men have trod,
16 Who hwere cut down before their time,
Whose foundations were swept away by a flood?
17 iThey said to God, ‘Depart from us!
What can the Almighty do to 3them?’
But the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19 “The jrighteous see it and are glad,
And the innocent laugh at them:
20 ‘Surely our 4adversaries are cut down,
And the fire consumes their remnant.’
21 “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and kbe at peace;
Thereby good will come to you.
22 Receive, please, linstruction from His mouth,
And mlay up His words in your heart.
You will remove iniquity far from your tents.
24 Then you will nlay your gold in the dust,
And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks.
25 Yes, the Almighty will be your 5gold
And your precious silver;
26 For then you will have your odelight in the Almighty,
And lift up your face to God.
27 pYou will make your prayer to Him,
He will hear you,
And you will pay your vows.
And it will be established for you;
So light will shine on your ways.
Then qHe will save the humble person.
Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”
23 Then Job answered and said:
2 “Even today my acomplaint is bitter;
1My hand is listless because of my groaning.
3 bOh, that I knew where I might find Him,
That I might come to His seat!
And fill my mouth with arguments.
And understand what He would say to me.
6 cWould He contend with me in His great power?
No! But He would take note of me.
And I would be delivered forever from my Judge.
8 “Look, dI go forward, but He is not there,
And backward, but I cannot perceive Him;
When He turns to the right hand, I cannot see Him.
10 But eHe knows the way that I take;
When fHe has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
11 gMy foot has held fast to His steps;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
12 I have not departed from the hcommandment of His lips;
iI have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my 2necessary food.
And whatever jHis soul desires, that He does.
14 For He performs what is kappointed for me,
And many such things are with Him.
When I consider this, I am afraid of Him.
16 For God lmade my heart weak,
And the Almighty terrifies me;
And He did not hide deep darkness from my face.
The rod of God’s chastisement
Lit. their goal
LXX, Vg. bowels; Syr. sides; Tg. breasts
Vg. omits the tent
Lit. man of arm
LXX, Syr. us
LXX substance is
Ancient vss. suggest defense; MT gold, as in v. 24
So with MT, Tg., Vg.; LXX, Syr. His
Lit. appointed portion
Or by or before