Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.2This is why my unsettling thoughts compel me to answer, because I am upset!
3I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.3I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding makes me reply.
4"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,4Don't you know that ever since antiquity, from the time a human was placed on earth,
5that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.5the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?
6Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,6Though his arrogance reaches heaven, and his head touches the clouds,
7he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'7he will vanish forever like his own dung. Those who know him will ask, "Where is he?"
8Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.8He will fly away like a dream and never be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night.
9The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.9The eye that saw him will see him no more, and his household will no longer see him.
10His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.10His children will beg from the poor, for his own hands must give back his wealth.
11The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.11His frame may be full of youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in dust.
12"Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,12Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue,
13though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,13though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth,
14yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.14yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras' venom inside him.
15He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.15He swallows wealth but must vomit it up; God will force it from his stomach.
16He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.16He will suck the poison of cobras; a viper's fangs will kill him.
17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.18He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it; he doesn't enjoy the profits from his trading.
19For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.19For he oppressed and abandoned the poor; he seized a house he did not build.
20"Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.20Because his appetite is never satisfied, he does not let anything he desires escape.
21Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.21Nothing is left for him to consume; therefore, his prosperity will not last.
22In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.22At the height of his success distress will come to him; the full weight of misery will crush him.
23When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.23When he fills his stomach, God will send his burning anger against him, raining it down on him while he is eating.
24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.24If he flees from an iron weapon, an arrow from a bronze bow will pierce him.
25He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;25He pulls it out of his back, the flashing tip out of his liver. Terrors come over him.
26total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned by human hands will consume him; it will feed on what is left in his tent.
27The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.27The heavens will expose his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.
28A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.28The possessions in his house will be removed, flowing away on the day of God's anger.
29Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."29This is the wicked person's lot from God, the inheritance God ordained for him.
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