“If our troubles are punishment for our sins, then why are other wicked people so prosperous?” Job asks. Trials are rather to train and strengthen us.

BibleGateway: Job 21:7-16

ESV Text: Job 21:7-16

Job 21:7–16 (Listen)

  Why do the wicked live,
    reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
  Their offspring are established in their presence,
    and their descendants before their eyes.
  Their houses are safe from fear,
    and no rod of God is upon them.
10   Their bull breeds without fail;
    their cow calves and does not miscarry.
11   They send out their little boys like a flock,
    and their children dance.
12   They sing to the tambourine and the lyre
    and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
13   They spend their days in prosperity,
    and in peace they go down to Sheol.
14   They say to God, ‘Depart from us!
    We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15   What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
    And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’
16   Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?
    The counsel of the wicked is far from me.


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 21

     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.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 527:
Lord, it Belongs not to my Care

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Lord, it belongs not to my care 
Whether I die or live; 
To love and serve Thee is my share, 
And this Thy grace must give. 

2. If life be long, I will be glad 
That I may long obey; 
If short no laborer is sad 
To end his toilsome day. 

3. Christ leads me through no darker rooms 
Than He went through before; 
He that into God’s kingdom comes 
Must enter by this door. 

4. Come, Lord, when grace has made me meet 
Thy blessed face to see; 
For if Thy work on earth be sweet. 
What will Thy glory be? 

5. Then shall I end my sad complaints 
And weary, sinful days 
And join with the triumphant saints 
That sing my Savior’s praise. 

6. My knowledge of that life is small, 
The eye of faith is dim; 
But ’tis enough that Christ knows all, 
And I shall be with Him.