Job 20
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Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked

1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

2“So my anxious thoughts compel me to answer,

because of the turmoil within me.

3I have heard a rebuke that insults me,

and my understanding prompts a reply.

4Do you not know that from antiquity,

since man was placed on the earth,

5the triumph of the wicked has been brief

and the joy of the godless momentary?

6Though his arrogance reaches the heavens,

and his head touches the clouds,

7he will perish forever, like his own dung;

those who had seen him will ask, ‘Where is he?’

8He will fly away like a dream, never to be found;

he will be chased away like a vision in the night.

9The eye that saw him will see him no more,

and his place will no longer behold him.

10His sons will seek the favor of the poor,

for his own hands must return his wealth.

11The youthful vigor that fills his bones

will lie down with him in the dust.

12Though evil is sweet in his mouth

and he conceals it under his tongue,

13though he cannot bear to let it go

and keeps it in his mouth,

14yet in his stomach his food sours

into the venom of cobras within him.

15He swallows wealth but vomits it out;

God will force it from his stomach.

16He will suck the poison of cobras;

the fangs of a viper will kill him.

17He will not enjoy the streams,

the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

18He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it;

he cannot enjoy the profits of his trading.

19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor;

he has seized houses he did not build.

20Because his appetite is never satisfied,

he cannot escape with his treasure.

21Nothing is left for him to consume;

thus his prosperity will not endure.

22In the midst of his plenty, he will be distressed;

the full force of misery will come upon him.

23When he has filled his stomach,

God will vent His fury upon him,

raining it down on him as he eats.

24Though he flees from an iron weapon,

a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce him.

25It is drawn out of his back,

the gleaming point from his liver.a

Terrors come over him.

26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures.

A fire unfanned will consume him

and devour what is left in his tent.

27The heavens will expose his iniquity,

and the earth will rise up against him.

28The possessions of his house will be removed,

flowing away on the day of God’s wrath.

29This is the wicked man’s portion from God,

the inheritance God has appointed him.”

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