Skip to content

Job - Chapter 21

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

Job Chapters

1 Job spoke next. He said:

2 Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you allow me.

3 Permit me to speak in my turn; you may jeer when I have spoken.

4 Is my complaint just about a fellow-mortal? I have good grounds to be perturbed!

5 Give your attention to me; you will be dumbfounded and will place your hand over your mouth.

6 I myself am appalled at the very thought, and my flesh creeps.

7 Why do the wicked still live on, their power increasing with their age?

8 They see their posterity assured, and their offspring secure before their eyes.

9 The peace of their houses has nothing to fear, the rod that God wields is not for them.

10 No mishap with their bull at breeding-time, nor miscarriage with their cow at calving.

11 They let their infants frisk like lambs, their children dance like deer.

12 They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.

13 They end their lives in happiness and go down in peace to Sheol.

14 Yet these are the ones who say to God, 'Go away! We do not want to learn your ways.

15 What is the point of our serving Shaddai? What should we gain from praying to him?'

16 Surely they have won their own prosperity, since God is kept so far from their plans?

17 Do we often see the light of the wicked put out, or disaster overtake him, or the retribution of God destroy his possessions,

18 or the wind blow him away like a straw, or a whirlwind carry him off like chaff?

19 So God is storing up punishment for his children? But the wicked himself should be punished, and should know it!

20 He himself should witness his own ruin, and himself drink the anger of Shaddai.

21 Once he is gone, what joy can he gain from his family, once the number of his months has been cut off?

22 But who can teach wisdom to God, to him who is judge of those on high?

23 And again: one person dies in the fullness of strength, in all possible happiness and ease,

24 thighs padded with fat and the marrow in the bones good and moist.

25 Another dies in bitterness of heart, never having tasted happiness.

26 They lie together down in the dust and the worms soon cover them both.

27 Oh, I know what is in your minds, what you so spitefully think about me!

28 'What has become of the great lord's house,' you say, 'where is the tent where the wicked used to live?'

29 Have you never questioned people who travel, do you not understand the testimony they give:

30 on the day of disaster, the wicked is spared, on the day of retribution, he is kept safe?

31 And who is there then to reproach him for his deeds and to pay him back for the things he has done?

32 He is carried away to the cemetery, and a watch is kept at his tomb.

33 The clods of the ravine lie easy on him, and the whole population walk behind.

34 So what sense is there in your empty consolation? your answers are the left-overs of infidelity!

More Bible

FREE Classes on the Bible Free, world-class Catholic education for anyone, anywhere

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.