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

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,(L)
    the tents where the wicked lived?’(M)
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,(N)
    that they are delivered from[b] the day of wrath?(O)
31 Who denounces their conduct to their face?
    Who repays them for what they have done?(P)
32 They are carried to the grave,
    and watch is kept over their tombs.(Q)
33 The soil in the valley is sweet to them;(R)
    everyone follows after them,
    and a countless throng goes[c] before them.(S)

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

22 But God drags away the mighty by his power;(A)
    though they become established,(B) they have no assurance of life.(C)
23 He may let them rest in a feeling of security,(D)
    but his eyes(E) are on their ways.(F)
24 For a little while they are exalted, and then they are gone;(G)
    they are brought low and gathered up like all others;(H)
    they are cut off like heads of grain.(I)

25 “If this is not so, who can prove me false
    and reduce my words to nothing?”(J)

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