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

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

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  1. Job 21:24 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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