Job 20
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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"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.3I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4“Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,4"Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever 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?5that the mirth 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,6Though the pride of the godless person 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 dung; 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.8Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of 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 not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.10His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back 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 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 cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,
14Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.14yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.15He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.16He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder 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.18What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from 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 the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.20"Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.21Nothing is left for him to devour; 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, distress will overtake 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.23When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.
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 pierces him.
25It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him;25He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will 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 lies in wait 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 guilt; 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 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 fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."
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