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Iob 21 Biblia Sacra Vulgata (VULGATE)

21 Respondens autem Job, dixit:

Audite, quaeso, sermones meos, et agite poenitentiam.

Sustinete me, et ego loquar: et post mea, si videbitur, verba, ridete.

Numquid contra hominem disputatio mea est, ut merito non debeam contristari?

Attendite me et obstupescite, et superponite digitum ori vestro.

Et ego, quando recordatus fuero, pertimesco, et concutit carnem meam tremor.

Quare ergo impii vivunt, sublevati sunt, confortatique divitiis?

Semen eorum permanet coram eis: propinquorum turba et nepotum in conspectu eorum.

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 foetu suo.

11 Egrediuntur quasi greges parvuli eorum, et infantes eorum exultant 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 dixerunt Deo: Recede a nobis, et scientiam viarum tuarum nolumus.

15 Quis est Omnipotens, ut serviamus ei? et quid nobis prodest si oraverimus illum?

16 Verumtamen quia non sunt in manu eorum bona sua, consilium impiorum longe sit a me.

17 Quoties lucerna impiorum extinguetur, et superveniet eis inundatio, et dolores dividet furoris sui?

18 Erunt sicut paleae ante faciem venti, et sicut favilla quam turbo dispergit.

19 Deus servabit filiis illius dolorem patris, et cum reddiderit, tunc sciet.

20 Videbunt oculi ejus interfectionem suam, et de furore Omnipotentis bibet.

21 Quid enim ad eum pertinet de domo sua post se, et si numerus mensium ejus dimidietur?

22 Numquid Deus docebit quispiam scientiam, qui excelsos judicat?

23 Iste moritur robustus et sanus, dives et felix:

24 viscera ejus 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 Interrogate quemlibet de viatoribus, et haec eadem illum intelligere cognoscetis:

30 quia in diem perditionis servatur malus, et ad diem furoris ducetur.

31 Quis arguet coram eo viam ejus? et quae fecit, quis reddet illi?

32 Ipse ad sepulchra ducetur, et in congerie mortuorum vigilabit.

33 Dulcis fuit glareis Cocyti, et post se omnem hominem trahet, et ante se innumerabiles.

34 Quomodo igitur consolamini me frustra, cum responsio vestra repugnare ostensa sit veritati?

Job 21 New International Version (NIV)


21 Then Job replied:

“Listen carefully to my words;
    let this be the consolation you give me.
Bear with me while I speak,
    and after I have spoken, mock on.

“Is my complaint directed to a human being?
    Why should I not be impatient?
Look at me and be appalled;
    clap your hand over your mouth.
When I think about this, I am terrified;
    trembling seizes my body.
Why do the wicked live on,
    growing old and increasing in power?
They see their children established around them,
    their offspring before their eyes.
Their homes are safe and free from fear;
    the rod of God is not on them.
10 Their bulls never fail to breed;
    their cows calve and do not miscarry.
11 They send forth their children as a flock;
    their little ones dance about.
12 They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre;
    they make merry to the sound of the pipe.
13 They spend their years in prosperity
    and go down to the grave in peace.[a]
14 Yet they say to God, ‘Leave us alone!
    We have no desire to know your ways.
15 Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
    What would we gain by praying to him?’
16 But their prosperity is not in their own hands,
    so I stand aloof from the plans of the wicked.

17 “Yet how often is the lamp of the wicked snuffed out?
    How often does calamity come upon them,
    the fate God allots in his anger?
18 How often are they like straw before the wind,
    like chaff swept away by a gale?
19 It is said, ‘God stores up the punishment of the wicked for their children.’
    Let him repay the wicked, so that they themselves will experience it!
20 Let their own eyes see their destruction;
    let them drink the cup of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what do they care about the families they leave behind
    when their allotted months come to an end?

22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God,
    since he judges even the highest?
23 One person dies in full vigor,
    completely secure and at ease,
24 well nourished in body,[b]
    bones rich with marrow.
25 Another dies in bitterness of soul,
    never having enjoyed anything good.
26 Side by side they lie in the dust,
    and worms cover them both.

27 “I know full well what you are thinking,
    the schemes by which you would wrong me.
28 You say, ‘Where now is the house of the great,
    the tents where the wicked lived?’
29 Have you never questioned those who travel?
    Have you paid no regard to their accounts—
30 that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity,
    that they are delivered from[c] the day of wrath?
31 Who denounces their conduct to their face?
    Who repays them for what they have done?
32 They are carried to the grave,
    and watch is kept over their tombs.
33 The soil in the valley is sweet to them;
    everyone follows after them,
    and a countless throng goes[d] before them.

34 “So how can you console me with your nonsense?
    Nothing is left of your answers but falsehood!”


  1. Job 21:13 Or in an instant
  2. Job 21:24 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  3. Job 21:30 Or wicked are reserved for the day of calamity, / that they are brought forth to
  4. Job 21:33 Or them, / as a countless throng went
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