Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2“I must reply because I am greatly disturbed.2“Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of my haste within me.
3I’ve had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.3I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
4“Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,4Do you not know this from of old, since man was placed on earth,
5the triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?5that the exulting of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
6Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds,6Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
7yet they will vanish forever, thrown away like their own dung. Those who knew them will ask, ‘Where are they?’7he will perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8They will fade like a dream and not be found. They will vanish like a vision in the night.8He will fly away like a dream and not be found; he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
9Those who once saw them will see them no more. Their families will never see them again.9The eye that saw him will see him no more, nor will his place any more behold him.
10Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches.10His children will seek the favor of the poor, and his hands will give back his wealth.
11Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.11His bones are full of his youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the dust.
12“They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness, letting it melt under their tongue.12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,
13They savored it, holding it long in their mouths.13though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth,
14But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach.14yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him.
15They will vomit the wealth they swallowed. God won’t let them keep it down.15He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
16They will suck the poison of cobras. The viper will kill them.16He will suck the poison of cobras; the tongue of a viper will kill him.
17They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil or rivers of milk and honey.17He will not look upon the rivers, the streams flowing with honey and curds.
18They will give back everything they worked for. Their wealth will bring them no joy.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 they oppressed the poor and left them destitute. They foreclosed on their homes.19For he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he did not build.
20They were always greedy and never satisfied. Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.20“Because he knew no contentment in his belly, he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
21Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves. Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.21There was nothing left after he had eaten; therefore his prosperity will not endure.
22“In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble and be overcome by misery.22In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress; the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
23May God give them a bellyful of trouble. May God rain down his anger upon them.23To fill his belly to the full, God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body.
24When they try to escape an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them.24He will flee from an iron weapon; a bronze arrow will strike him through.
25The arrow is pulled from their back, and the arrowhead glistens with blood. The terrors of death are upon them.25It is drawn forth and comes out of his body; the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder; terrors come upon him.
26Their treasures will be thrown into deepest darkness. A wildfire will devour their goods, consuming all they have left.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 will reveal their guilt, and the earth will testify against them.27The heavens will reveal his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.
28A flood will sweep away their house. God’s anger will descend on them in torrents.28The possessions of his house will be carried away, dragged off in the day of God’s wrath.
29This is the reward that God gives the wicked. It is the inheritance decreed by God.”29This is the wicked man’s portion from God, the heritage decreed for him by God.”
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