1 Respondens autem Iob dixit:
21:2" Audite, quaeso, sermones meos, et sint haec consolationes vestrae.
3 Sustinete me, et ego loquar; et post verba mea ridebitis.
4 Numquid contra hominem disputatio mea est, ut merito non debeam impatiens fieri?
5 Attendite me et obstupescite et superponite digitum ori vestro.
6 Et ego, quando recordatus fuero, pertimesco, et concutit carnem meam tremor.
7 Quare ergo impii vivunt, senuerunt confortatique sunt divitiis?
8 Semen eorum permanet coram eis, et progenies eorum in conspectu eorum.
9 Domus eorum securae sunt et pacatae, et non est virga Dei super illos.
10 Bos eorum concepit et non abortivit, vacca peperit et non est privata fetu suo.
11 Egrediuntur quasi greges parvuli eorum, et infantes eorum exsultant lusibus.
12 Tenent tympanum et citharam et gaudent ad sonitum organi.
13 Ducunt in bonis dies suos et in puncto ad inferna descendunt.
14 Qui dixerant Deo: "Recede a nobis! Scientiam viarum tuarum nolumus.
15 Quis est Omnipotens, ut serviamus ei, et quid nobis prodest, si oraverimus illum?".
16 Sint in manu eorum bona sua; consilium vero impiorum longe sit a me.
17 Quam saepe lucerna impiorum exstinguitur, et superveniet eis pernicies, et dolores dividet in furore suo?
18 Erunt sicut paleae ante faciem venti, et sicut favilla, quam turbo dispergit.
19 "Servabitne Deus filiis iniquitatem eius?". Retribuat illi, ut sciat.
20 Videbunt oculi eius interfectionem suam, et de furore Omnipotentis bibet.
21 Quid enim ad eum pertinet de domo sua post se, et si numerus mensium eius recidetur?
22 Numquid Deum docebit quispiam scientiam, qui excelsos iudicat?
23 Iste moritur robustus et sanus, dives et felix;
24 viscera eius plena sunt adipe, et medullis ossa illius irrigantur.
25 Alius vero moritur in amaritudine animae absque ullis opibus;
26 et tamen simul in pulvere dormient, et vermes operient eos.
27 Certe novi cogitationes vestras et sententias contra me iniquas.
28 Dicitis enim: "Ubi est domus principis, et ubi tabernacula impiorum?".
29 Nonne interrogastis quemlibet de viatoribus et signa eorum non agnovistis?
30 Quia in diem perditionis servatur malus et ad diem furoris abducetur.
31 Quis arguet coram eo viam eius, et, quae fecit, quis reddet illi?
32 Ipse ad sepulcra ducetur, et super tumulum vigilabunt.
33 Dulces erunt ei glebae vallis, et post se omnem hominem trahet et ante se innumerabiles.
34 Quomodo igitur consolamini me frustra, et responsionis vestrae restat perfidia?".
King James Version
1 But Job answered and said,
2 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
4 As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6 Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
8 Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9 Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
10 Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
15 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
16 Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
18 They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
19 God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
20 His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
22 Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
23 One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
24 His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25 And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
26 They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
27 Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28 For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29 Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,
30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31 Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33 The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
34 How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?