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"This is why my troubled thoughts bring me back--because of my feelings within me.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.3When I hear a reproof that dishonors me, then my understanding prompts me to answer.
4“Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,4"Surely you know that it has been from old, ever since humankind was placed on the earth,
5That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?5that the elation of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,6Even though his stature reaches to 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 excrement; those who used to see 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.8Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, and like a vision of the night he is put to flight.
9The eye that saw him will see him no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.9People who had seen him will not see him again, and the place where he was will recognize him no longer.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.10His sons must recompense the poor; 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.11His bones were full of his youthful vigor, but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust.
12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, And he hides it under his tongue,12"If 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,13if he retains it for himself and does not let it go, and holds it fast in his mouth,
14Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.14his food is turned sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him.
15He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.15The wealth that he consumed he vomits up, God will make him throw it out of his stomach.
16He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.16He sucks the poison of serpents; the fangs of a viper kill him.
17He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He will not look on the streams, the rivers, which are the torrents of honey and butter.
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 gives back the ill-gotten gain without assimilating it; he will not enjoy the wealth from his commerce.
19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.19For he has oppressed the poor and abandoned them; he has seized a house which he did not build.
20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.20For he knows no satisfaction in his appetite; he does not let anything he desires escape.
21Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.21"Nothing is left for him to devour; that is why his prosperity does not last.
22In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.22In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress overtakes him. 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.23"While he is filling his belly, God sends his burning anger against him, and rains down his blows upon him.
24He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.24If he flees from an iron weapon, then an arrow from a bronze bow pierces him.
25It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him;25When he pulls it out and it comes out of his back, the gleaming point out of 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 waits to receive his treasures; a fire which has not been kindled 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 reveal his iniquity; the earth rises 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 carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God.”29Such is the lot God allots the wicked, and the heritage of his appointment from God."
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