Do the wicked receive their just due on Earth?

Job Bible Background

07.01.2015 Old Testament: Job 21.27–34

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 21–22 on July 1, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Job could see what his friends argued, that the wicked suffer now. Since he was suffering, he must have done something wicked. However, Job countered that the wicked do not receive their full due in this life,

“Look, I know your thoughts,
And the schemes with which you would wrong me.
For you say,
‘Where is the house of the prince?
And where is the tent,
The dwelling place of the wicked?’
Have you not asked those who travel the road?
And do you not know their signs?
For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom;
They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
Who condemns his way to his face?
And who repays him for what he has done?
Yet he shall be brought to the grave,
And a vigil kept over the tomb.
The clods of the valley shall be sweet to him;
Everyone shall follow him,
As countless have gone before him.
How then can you comfort me with empty words,
Since falsehood remains in your answers?”
(Job 21.27–34) 

Job told his friends that they just had to look around them and they would discover that the wicked often do well, right up to the point of death, because their judgment, their day of doom, comes later.

Therefore, do not become discouraged at the prosperity of the wicked, for they shall receive their just reward, and so will you.

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