Job 20
New King James VersionBerean Study Bible
1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2“Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me.2“So my anxious thoughts compel me to answer, because of the turmoil within me.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.3I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding prompts a reply.
4“Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,4Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth,
5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?5the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary?
6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,6Though his arrogance reaches the heavens, and his head touches the clouds,
7Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse; Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’7he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who had seen him will ask, ‘Where is he?’
8He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.8He will fly away like a dream, never to be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night.
9The eye that saw him will see him no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.9The eye that saw him will see him no more, and his place will no longer behold him.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.10His sons will seek the favor of the poor, for his own hands must return his wealth.
11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him in the dust.11The youthful vigor that fills his bones 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 is sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue,
13Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth,13though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.14yet in his stomach his food sours into the venom of cobras within him.
15He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.15He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.
16He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.16He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will kill him.
17He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18He will restore that for which he labored, And will not swallow it down; From the proceeds of business He will get no enjoyment.18He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it; he cannot enjoy the profits of his trading.
19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; he has seized houses he did not build.
20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.20Because his appetite is never satisfied, he cannot escape with his treasure.
21Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.21Nothing is left for him to consume; thus his prosperity will not endure.
22In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.22In the midst of his plenty, he will be distressed; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23When he is about to fill his stomach, God will cast on him the fury of His wrath, And will rain it on him while he is eating.23When he has filled his stomach, God will vent His fury upon him, raining it down on him as he eats.
24He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce him.
25It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him;25It is drawn out of his back, the gleaming point from his liver. Terrors come over him.
26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. An unfanned fire will consume him; It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.27The heavens will expose his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.
28The increase of his house will depart, And his goods will flow away in the day of His wrath.28The possessions of his house will be removed, flowing away on the day of God’s wrath.
29This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God.”29This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the inheritance God has appointed him.”
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