The wicked see no profit in God (Job 21:14-21:16)

“They say to God.

‘Leave us alone!

We do not desire to know your ways.

What is the Almighty Shaddai?

Why should we serve him?

What profit do we get?

Why pray to him?’

Is not their prosperity indeed their own achievement?

The plans of the wicked are repugnant to me.”

Job said that the wicked wanted God to leave them alone. They did not want to know his ways. Why should they bother with the almighty Shaddai? Why serve or pray to him since he would not bring them profit or prosperity? After all, does not prosperity come from their achievements and their own initiative? Job maintained that all the plans of the wicked were repulsive to him.

John (1 Macc 16:23-16:24)

“The rest of the acts of John, his wars, and the brave deeds that he did, as well as the building of the walls and his other achievements, are written in the annals of his high priesthood, from the time that he became high priest after his father.”

This is the stylistic form similar to that of 1and 2 Kings. However, there is no mention of his death. This story ends around 134 BCE. There is no indication of what happened to John and his family. The annals, of course, have been lost. Apparently, he was the high priest from 134-104 BCE. The whole story of the Maccabees ends abruptly without any real resolution. There is no great ending to this story.