Job 20

Job 20:1  
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

Job 20:2  
“Therefore my thoughts answer me, even by reason of my haste that is in me.

Job 20:3  
I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me.

Job 20:4  
Don’t you know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,

Job 20:5  
that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Job 20:6  
Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,

Job 20:7  
yet he will perish forever like his own dung. Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

Job 20:8  
He will fly away as a dream, and will not be found. Yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night.

Job 20:9  
The eye which saw him will see him no more, neither will his place see him any more.

Job 20:10  
His children will seek the favor of the poor. His hands will give back his wealth.

Job 20:11  
His bones are full of his youth, but youth will lie down with him in the dust.

Job 20:12  
“Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue,

Job 20:13  
though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth,

Job 20:14  
yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

Job 20:15  
He has swallowed down riches, and he will vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly.

Job 20:16  
He will suck cobra venom. The viper’s tongue will kill him.

Job 20:17  
He will not look at the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter.

Job 20:18  
He will restore that for which he labored, and will not swallow it down. He will not rejoice according to the substance that he has gotten.

Job 20:19  
For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he will not build it up.

Job 20:20  
“Because he knew no quietness within him, he will not save anything of that in which he delights.

Job 20:21  
There was nothing left that he didn’t devour, therefore his prosperity will not endure.

Job 20:22  
In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress will overtake him. The hand of everyone who is in misery will come on him.

Job 20:23  
When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.

Job 20:24  
He will flee from the iron weapon. The bronze arrow will strike him through.

Job 20:25  
He draws it out, and it comes out of his body. Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver. Terrors are on him.

Job 20:26  
All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire will devour him. It will consume that which is left in his tent.

Job 20:27  
The heavens will reveal his iniquity. The earth will rise up against him.

Job 20:28  
The increase of his house will depart. They will rush away in the day of his wrath.

Job 20:29  
This is the portion of a wicked man from God, the heritage appointed to him by God.”

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