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JOB

The bow of brass shall strike him through.
25He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body;
Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall;
Terrors are upon him.
26All darkness is laid up for his treasures;
A fire not blown by man shall consume him;
It shall go ill with him that is left in his tent.
27The heavens shall reveal his iniquity,
And the earth shall rise up against him.
28The increase of his house shall depart,
His goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
And the heritage appointed unto him by God.


21 Then Job answered and said:

2Hear diligently my speech;
And let this be your consolations.
3Suffer me, that I may speak;
And after that I have spoken, mock on.
4As for me, is my complaint to man?
Or why should I not be impatient?
5Turn unto me, and be astonished,
And lay your hand upon your mouth.
6Even when I remember I am affrighted,
And horror hath taketh hold on my flesh.
7Wherefore do the wicked live,
Become old, yea, wax mighty in power?
8Their seed is established in their sight with them,
And their offspring before their eyes.
9Their houses are safe, without fear,
Neither is the rod of God upon them.
10Their bull gendereth, and faileth not;
Their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11They send forth their little ones like a flock,
And their children dance.
12They sing to the timbrel and harp,
And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.
13They spend their days in prosperity,
And peacefully they go down to the grave.
14Yet they said unto God: 'Depart from us;
For we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways.
15What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him?
And what profit should we have, if we pray unto Him?'—
16Lo, their prosperity is not in their hand;
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
 
17How oft is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out?
That their calamity cometh upon them?
That He distributeth pains in His anger?
18That they are as stubble before the wind,
And as chaff that the storm stealeth away?
19'God layeth up his iniquity for his children! '—
Let Him recompense it unto himself, that he may know it.
20Let his own eyes see his destruction,
And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

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