Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar from Naamath replied:
2"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.2"Therefore my anxious thoughts cause me to answer because I'm agitated within me.
3I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.3Whenever I hear an insulting rebuke, I respond from my spirit because I understand."
4"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth,4"Haven't you known this from ancient times, since mankind was placed on the earth?
5that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.5The wicked triumph only briefly; the joy of the godless is momentary.
6Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,6Though he grow as tall as the sky, or though his head touches the clouds,
7he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'7he'll perish forever, like his own excrement; those who saw 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'll vanish like a dream, and no one will find him; he will be chased away like a night vision."
9The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.9"An eye that gazes at him won't do so again; and his place won't even recognize him.
10His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.10His sons will make amends to the poor; their hands will return his wealth.
11The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.11Though his bones were full of youthful vigor; yet they will lie down with him in the dust.
12"Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,12Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth, though he conceals it under his tongue,
13though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,13though he savors it and delays swallowing it so he can taste it again and again in his mouth,
14yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.14his food will turn rancid in his stomach— it will become a cobra's poison inside him.
15He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.15"Though he swallows wealth, he will vomit it; God will dislodge 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; the fangs of a viper will slay him.
17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He won't look at the rivers— the torrents of honey and curd.
18What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.18"He will restore what he has attained from his work and won't consume it; he won't enjoy the profits from his business transactions,
19For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.19because he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he didn't build.
20"Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.20"Since his appetite won't quit; he won't let anything escape his lust.
21Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.21Because nothing was left for him to devour, therefore his prosperity won't last.
22In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.22Even though he is satiated and self-sufficient, he suffers— everyone in any sort of trouble will attack him.
23When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.23"It will come about that, when he has filled himself to the full, God will vent his burning anger on him; he will pour it out on him and on his body.
24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.24Though he dodges an iron weapon, a bronze arrow will pierce him.
25He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;25It will impale him and come out through his back; the point will glisten as it protrudes through his gall bladder, and he will be terrified.
26total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.26"Total darkness has been reserved for his treasures; a fire that has no need to be kindled will devour him and consume whatever remains in his possession.
27The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.27Heaven will reveal his iniquity, while the earth will rise up against him.
28A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.28A flood will wash away his house; dragging it away when God becomes angry.
29Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."29This is what the wicked person inherits from God; it is the inheritance that God appoints for him."
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