New Defender's Study Bible Notes
21:7 mighty in power. Job here reminds his accusers (Job 21:7-13) that, contrary to their blanket pronouncements, the wicked do often prosper, enjoy a long life and seem content. This has been noted as a problem by other Biblical writers (e.g., Jeremiah 12:1-2; Psalm 73:3-12), and is surely a problem to us today as well. God’s punishments and rewards are not confined to our lives on earth. The fact that a wicked man may prosper while a righteous man is suffering is not necessarily a measure of God’s approval or disapproval. Note such Scriptures as Proverbs 16:4; Romans 9:18-23; II Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:28; etc.