Job 20:5
New International Version
that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

New Living Translation
the triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?

English Standard Version
that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Berean Study Bible
the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary?

King James Bible
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

New King James Version
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?

New American Standard Bible
That the rejoicing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?

NASB 1995
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?

NASB 1977
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?

Amplified Bible
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless is only for a moment?

Christian Standard Bible
the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?

American Standard Version
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the boasting of the wicked from within them, and the rejoicing of the godless one until now is for a little time

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But the mirth of the ungodly is a signal downfall, and the joy of transgressors is destruction:

Contemporary English Version
that sinful people are happy for only a while.

Douay-Rheims Bible
that the praise of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment.

English Revised Version
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Good News Translation
no wicked people have been happy for long.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the triumph of the wicked is short-lived, and the joy of the godless person lasts only a moment?

International Standard Version
The wicked triumph only briefly; the joy of the godless is momentary.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Literal Standard Version
That the singing of the wicked [is] short, And the joy of the profane for a moment,

NET Bible
that the elation of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

New Heart English Bible
that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment?

World English Bible
that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Young's Literal Translation
That the singing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the profane for a moment,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
4Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth, 5 the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary? 6Though his arrogance reaches the heavens, and his head touches the clouds,…

Cross References
Job 8:12
While the shoots are still uncut, they dry up quicker than grass.

Job 8:13
Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so the hope of the godless will perish.

Job 8:19
Surely this is the joy of his way; yet others will spring from the dust.

Job 34:30
that godless men should not rule or lay snares for the people.

Psalm 37:35
I have seen a wicked, ruthless man flourishing like a well-rooted native tree,

Psalm 37:36
yet he passed away and was no more; though I searched, he could not be found.

Psalm 94:3
How long will the wicked, O LORD, how long will the wicked exult?


Treasury of Scripture

That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

the triumphing

Job 5:3
I have seen the foolish taking root: but suddenly I cursed his habitation.

Job 15:29-34
He shall not be rich, neither shall his substance continue, neither shall he prolong the perfection thereof upon the earth…

Job 18:5,6
Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine…

short.

Job 8:19
Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

Job 27:8
For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?

Matthew 7:21
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.









(5) The triumphing of the wicked is short.--He affirms that the destruction of the wicked is not only certain, but speedy. (Comp. Psalm 103:16 and Job 7:8; Job 7:10.)

Verse 5. - That the triumphing of the wicked is short (comp. Psalm 37:35, 36; Psalm 51:1-5; Psalm 73:17-19, etc.). This is one of the main points of dispute between Job and his opponents. It has been previously maintained by Eliphaz (Job 4:8-11; Job 5:3-5; Job 15:21, 29) and by Bildad (Job 8:11-19), as it is now by Zophar, and may be regarded as the traditional belief of the time, which scarcely any ventured to question. His own observation, however, has convinced Job that the fact is otherwise. He has seen the wicked "live, become old, and remain mighty in power" (Job 21:7); he has seen them "spend their days in wealth," and die quietly, as "in a moment" (Job 21:13). In Job 24:2-24 he seems to argue that this is the general, if not universal, lot of such persons. Later on, however, in Job 27:13-23, he retracts this view, or, at any rate, greatly modifies it, admitting that usually retribution does even in this life overtake the wicked. And this seems to be the general sentiment of mankind.

"Raro antecedentem scelestum,
Deseruit pede poena claudlo."


(Horace, 'Od.,' 3:2, ll. 31, 32.) There remains, however, the question whether the triumphing of the wicked can fairly be considered "short," and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment. When we consider the lives of Dionysius the elder, Sylla, Marius, Tiberius, Louis XIV., Napoleon, it is difficult to answer this question in the affirmative.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
the triumph
רִנְנַ֣ת (rin·naṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 7445: A ringing cry

of the wicked
רְ֭שָׁעִים (rə·šā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7563: Wrong, an, bad person

has been brief
מִקָּר֑וֹב (miq·qā·rō·wḇ)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7138: Near

and the joy
וְשִׂמְחַ֖ת (wə·śim·ḥaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8057: Blithesomeness, glee

of the godless
חָנֵ֣ף (ḥā·nêp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2611: Profane, irreligious

momentary?
רָֽגַע׃ (rā·ḡa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7281: A wink, a very short space of time


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