Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:1Then Zophar from Naamath replied:
2“Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me.2"Therefore my anxious thoughts cause me to answer because I'm agitated within me.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.3Whenever I hear an insulting rebuke, I respond from my spirit because I understand."
4“Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,4"Haven't you known this from ancient times, since mankind 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 wicked triumph only briefly; the joy of the godless is momentary.
6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,6Though he grow as tall as the sky, or though 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'll perish forever, like his own excrement; those who saw 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'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 see him no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.9"An eye that gazes at him won't do so again; and his place won't even recognize him.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.10His sons will make amends to the poor; their hands will return his wealth.
11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down 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 spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it 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 in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.14his food will turn rancid in his stomach— it will become a cobra's poison inside him.
15He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.15"Though he swallows wealth, he will vomit it; God will dislodge 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 slay him.
17He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He won't look at the rivers— the torrents of honey and curd.
18He will restore that for which he labored, And will not swallow it down; From the proceeds of business He will get no enjoyment.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 and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.19because he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he didn't build.
20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.20"Since his appetite won't quit; he won't let anything escape his lust.
21Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.21Because nothing was left for him to devour, therefore his prosperity won't last.
22In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.22Even though he is satiated and self-sufficient, he suffers— everyone in any sort of trouble will attack 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.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.
24He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.24Though he dodges an iron weapon, a bronze 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 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 is reserved for his treasures. An unfanned fire will consume him; It shall go ill with him who 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 reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.27Heaven will reveal his iniquity, while 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.28A flood will wash away his house; dragging it away when God becomes angry.
29This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God.”29This is what the wicked person inherits from God; it is the inheritance that God appoints for him."
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