Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered: 1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2"This is why my troubled thoughts bring me back--because of my feelings within me. 2“Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of my haste within me.
3When I hear a reproof that dishonors me, then my understanding prompts me to answer. 3I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
4"Surely you know that it has been from old, ever since humankind was placed on the earth, 4Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,
5that the elation of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. 5that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
6Even though his stature reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, 6Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
7he will perish forever, like his own excrement; those who used to see him will say, 'Where is he?' 7he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, and like a vision of the night he is put to flight. 8He will fly away like a dream and not be found; he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
9People who had seen him will not see him again, and the place where he was will recognize him no longer. 9The eye that saw him will see him no more, nor will his place any more behold him.
10His sons must recompense the poor; his own hands must return his wealth. 10His children will seek the favor of the poor, and his hands will give back his wealth.
11His bones were full of his youthful vigor, but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust. 11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the dust.
12"If evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue, 12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,
13if he retains it for himself and does not let it go, and holds it fast in his mouth, 13though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth,
14his food is turned sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him. 14yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him.
15The wealth that he consumed he vomits up, God will make him throw it out of his stomach. 15He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
16He sucks the poison of serpents; the fangs of a viper kill him. 16He will suck the poison of cobras; the tongue of a viper will kill him.
17He will not look on the streams, the rivers, which are the torrents of honey and butter. 17He will not look upon the rivers, the streams flowing with honey and curds.
18He gives back the ill-gotten gain without assimilating it; he will not enjoy the wealth from his commerce. 18He will give back the fruit of his toil and will not swallow it down; from the profit of his trading he will get no enjoyment.
19For he has oppressed the poor and abandoned them; he has seized a house which he did not build. 19For he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he did not build.
20For he knows no satisfaction in his appetite; he does not let anything he desires escape. 20“Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
21"Nothing is left for him to devour; that is why his prosperity does not last. 21There was nothing left after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure.
22In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress overtakes him. the full force of misery will come upon him. 22In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress; the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
23"While he is filling his belly, God sends his burning anger against him, and rains down his blows upon him. 23To fill his belly to the full, God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body.
24If he flees from an iron weapon, then an arrow from a bronze bow pierces him. 24He will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through.
25When he pulls it out and it comes out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver, terrors come over him. 25It is drawn forth and comes out of his body; the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder; terrors come upon him.
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. 26Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; a fire not fanned will devour him; what is left in his tent will be consumed.
27The heavens reveal his iniquity; the earth rises up against him. 27The heavens will reveal his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.
28A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath. 28The possessions of his house will be carried away, dragged off in the day of God’s wrath.
29Such is the lot God allots the wicked, and the heritage of his appointment from God." 29This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God.”
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