Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
2“Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me.2"Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond, Even because of my inward agitation.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.3"I listened to the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
4“Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,4"Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth,
5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?
6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,6"Though his loftiness 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 perishes forever like his refuse; Those who have seen him will say, '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.8"He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him; Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.
9The eye that saw him will see him no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.9"The eye which saw him sees him no longer, And his place no longer beholds him.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.10"His sons favor the poor, And his hands give back his wealth.
11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him in the dust.11"His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it lies 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 And he hides it under his tongue,
13Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth,13Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it in his mouth,
14Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.14Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.
15He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.15"He swallows riches, But will vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly.
16He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.16"He sucks the poison of cobras; The viper's tongue slays him.
17He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.17"He does not look at the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
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 returns what he has attained And cannot swallow it; As to the riches of his trading, He cannot even enjoy them.
19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.19"For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has seized a house which he has not built.
20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.20"Because he knew no quiet within him, He does not retain anything he desires.
21Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.21"Nothing remains for him to devour, Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
22In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.22"In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped; The hand of everyone who suffers will come against 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"When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.24"He may flee from the iron weapon, But the bronze bow 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;25"It is drawn forth and comes out of his back, Even the glittering point from his gall. Terrors come upon 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.26Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.27"The heavens will reveal 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.28"The increase of his house will depart; His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.
29This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God.”29"This is the wicked man's portion from God, Even the heritage decreed to him by God."
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