Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.2“Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of my haste within me.
3I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.3I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
4"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,4Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,
5that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.5that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
6Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,6Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
7he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'7he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘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 not be found; he will be chased away like a vision of 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, nor will his place any more behold him.
10His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.10His children will seek the favor of the poor, and his hands will give back his wealth.
11The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the dust.
12"Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,
13though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,13though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth,
14yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.14yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him.
15He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.15He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
16He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.16He will suck the poison of cobras; the tongue of a viper will kill him.
17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He will not look upon the rivers, the streams flowing with honey and curds.
18What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.18He will give back the fruit of his toil and will not swallow it down; from the profit of his trading he will get no enjoyment.
19For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.19For he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he did not build.
20"Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.20“Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
21Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.21There was nothing left after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure.
22In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.22In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress; the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
23When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.23To fill his belly to the full, God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body.
24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.24He will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through.
25He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;25It is drawn forth and comes out of his body; the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder; terrors come upon him.
26total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.26Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; a fire not fanned will devour him; what is left in his tent will be consumed.
27The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.27The heavens will reveal 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 of his house will be carried away, dragged off in the day of God’s wrath.
29Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."29This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God.”
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