Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:1Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
2“Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer, Because of the turmoil within me.2Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
3I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.3I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
4“Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth,4Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon 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 hypocrite but for a moment?
6Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds,6Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
7Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse; Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’7Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall 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.8He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9The eye that saw him will see him no more, Nor will his place behold him anymore.9The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
10His children will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will restore his wealth.10His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it will lie down with him in the dust.11His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, And he hides it under his tongue,12Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
13Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth,13Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
14Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.14Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.15He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
16He will suck the poison of cobras; The viper’s tongue will slay him.16He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
17He will not see the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and cream.17He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks 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.18That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor, He has violently seized a house which he did not build.19Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20“Because he knows no quietness in his heart, He will not save anything he desires.20Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
21Nothing is left for him to eat; Therefore his well-being will not last.21There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
22In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress; Every hand of misery will come against him.22In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall 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 is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
24He will flee from the iron weapon; A bronze bow will pierce him through.24He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25It is drawn, and comes out of the body; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors come upon him;25It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are 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.26All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
27The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.27The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28The increase of his house will depart, And his goods will flow away in the day of His wrath.28The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29This is the portion from God for a wicked man, The heritage appointed to him by God.”29This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
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