Job sheweth that even in the judgment of man he hath reason to be grieved.
Job 21:1 Forsothe Joob answeride, and seide, Job 21:2 Y preye, here ye my wordis, and do ye penaunce. Job 21:3 Suffre ye me, that Y speke; and leiye ye aftir my wordis, if it schal seme worthi. Job 21:4 Whether my disputyng is ayens man, that skilfuli Y owe not to be sori? Job 21:5 Perseyue ye me, and be ye astonyed; and sette ye fyngur on youre mouth. Job 21:6 And whanne Y bithenke, Y drede, and tremblyng schakith my fleisch.
Sometimes the wicked do so prosper, and they despise God.
Job 21:7 Whi therfor lyuen wickid men? Thei ben enhaunsid, and coumfortid with richessis. Job 21:8 Her seed dwellith bifor hem; the cumpeny of kynesmen, and of sones of sones dwellith in her siyt. Job 21:9 Her housis ben sikur, and pesible; and the yerde of God is not on hem. Job 21:10 The cow of hem conseyuede, and caluede not a deed calf; the cow caluyde, and is not priued of hir calf. Job 21:11 Her litle children goen out as flockis; and her yonge children maken fulli ioye with pleies. Job 21:12 Thei holden tympan, and harpe; and ioien at the soun of orgun. Job 21:13 Thei leden in goodis her daies; and in a point thei goen doun to hellis. Job 21:14 Whiche men seiden to God, Go thou awei fro us; we nylen the kunnyng of thi weies. Job 21:15 Who is Almiyti God, that we serue him? and what profitith it to vs, if we preien him?
Sometimes their destruction is manifest.
Job 21:16 Netheles for her goodis ben not in her hond, that is, power, the counsel of wickid men be fer fro me. Job 21:17 Hou ofte schal the lanterne of wickid men be quenchid, and flowing schal come on hem, and God schal departe the sorewis of his stronge veniaunce? Job 21:18 Thei schulen be as chaffis bifor the face of the wynd; and as a deed sparcle, whiche the whirlewynd scaterith abrood. Job 21:19 God schal kepe the sorewe of the fadir to hise sones; and whanne he hath yoldun, thanne he schal wite. Job 21:20 Hise iyen schulen se her sleyng; and he schal drynke of the stronge veniaunce of Almyyti God. Job 21:21 For whi what perteyneth it to hym of his hows aftir hym, thouy the noumbre of his monethis be half takun awey?
The happy and unhappy are alike in death.
Job 21:22 Whether ony man schal teche God kunnyng, which demeth hem that ben hiye? Job 21:23 This yuel man dieth strong and hool, riche and blesful, that is, myrie. Job 21:24 Hise entrails ben ful of fatnesse; and hise boonys ben moistid with merowis. Job 21:25 Sotheli anothir wickid man dieth in the bittirnesse of his soule, and with outen ony richessis. Job 21:26 And netheles thei schulen slepe togidere in dust, and wormes schulen hile hem.
The judgment of the wicked is in another world.
Job 21:27 Certis Y knowe youre wickid thouytis, and sentensis ayens me. Job 21:28 For ye seien, Where is the hows of the prince? and where ben the tabernaclis of wickid men? Job 21:29 Axe ye ech of the weie goeris; and ye schulen knowe, that he vndurstondith these same thingis, Job 21:30 that an yuel man schal be kept in to the dai of perdicioun, and schal be led to the dai of woodnesse. Job 21:31 Who schal repreue hise weies bifor hym? and who schal yelde to hym tho thingis, whiche he hath doon? Job 21:32 He schal be led to the sepulcris; and he schal wake in the heep of deed men. Job 21:33 He was swete to the stoonys, ether filthis, of helle; and drawith ech man aftir hym, and vnnoumbrable men bifor him. Job 21:34 Hou therfor coumforten ye me in veyn, sithen youre answeris ben schewid to repugne to treuthe?