Does God fail to charge the wicked with wrong?

Old Testament: Job 24.13–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 23–25 on July 2, In the year of our Lord 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Job’s friends insisted that he had committed evil as an explanation for his horrible losses, but they knew how he lived so he reminded them of how the wicked live and that they do not suffer for it: 

“There are those who rebel against the light;
They do not know its ways
Nor abide in its paths.
The murderer rises with the light;
He kills the poor and needy;
And in the night he is like a thief.
The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight,
Saying, ‘No eye will see me’;
And he disguises his face.
In the dark they break into houses
Which they marked for themselves in the daytime;
They do not know the light.
For the morning is the same to them as the shadow of death;
If someone recognizes them,
They are in the terrors of the shadow of death.”

– Job 24.13–17 

Job wanted to know why the righteous, such as himself, suffered, but that the wicked do not, at least not in this life. His friends could not answer him. 


  • How would you have answered Job? 
  • Do you have questions about why you suffer? 
  • What are your questions? 

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