Job 20
New Living TranslationBerean Study Bible
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2“I must reply because I am greatly disturbed.2“So my anxious thoughts compel me to answer, because of the turmoil within me.
3I’ve had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.3I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding prompts a reply.
4“Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,4Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth,
5the triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?5the triumph of the wicked has been brief and the joy of the godless momentary?
6Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds,6Though his arrogance reaches the heavens, and his head touches 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 had seen him will ask, ‘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, never to be found; he will be chased away like a vision in 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, and his place will no longer behold him.
10Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches.10His sons will seek the favor of the poor, for his own hands must return his wealth.
11Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.11The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie down with him in the dust.
12“They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness, letting it melt under their tongue.12Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue,
13They savored it, holding it long in their mouths.13though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach.14yet in his stomach his food sours into the venom of cobras within him.
15They will vomit the wealth they swallowed. God won’t let them keep it down.15He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.
16They will suck the poison of cobras. The viper will kill them.16He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will kill him.
17They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil or rivers of milk and honey.17He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18They will give back everything they worked for. Their wealth will bring them no joy.18He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it; he cannot enjoy the profits of his trading.
19For they oppressed the poor and left them destitute. They foreclosed on their homes.19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; he has seized houses he did not build.
20They were always greedy and never satisfied. Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.20Because his appetite is never satisfied, he cannot escape with his treasure.
21Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves. Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.21Nothing is left for him to consume; thus his prosperity will not endure.
22“In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble and be overcome by misery.22In the midst of his plenty, he will be distressed; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23May God give them a bellyful of trouble. May God rain down his anger upon them.23When he has filled his stomach, God will vent His fury upon him, raining it down on him as he eats.
24When they try to escape an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them.24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce him.
25The arrow is pulled from their back, and the arrowhead glistens with blood. The terrors of death are upon them.25It is drawn out of his back, the gleaming point from his liver. Terrors come over him.
26Their treasures will be thrown into deepest darkness. A wildfire will devour their goods, consuming all they have left.26Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27The heavens will reveal their guilt, and the earth will testify against them.27The heavens will expose 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 removed, flowing away on 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 inheritance God has appointed him.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.The Berean Bible (Berean Study Bible (BSB) © 2016, 2018 by Bible Hub and Berean.Bible. Used by Permission. All rights Reserved.
Job 19
Top of Page
Top of Page