Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar from Naamath replied:
2“I must reply because I am greatly disturbed.2"Therefore my anxious thoughts cause me to answer because I'm agitated within me.
3I’ve had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.3Whenever I hear an insulting rebuke, I respond from my spirit because I understand."
4“Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,4"Haven't you known this from ancient times, since mankind 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 wicked triumph only briefly; the joy of the godless is momentary.
6Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds,6Though he grow as tall as the sky, or though 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'll perish forever, like his own excrement; those who saw 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'll vanish like a dream, and no one will find him; he will be chased away like a night vision."
9Those who once saw them will see them no more. Their families will never see them again.9"An eye that gazes at him won't do so again; and his place won't even recognize him.
10Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches.10His sons will make amends to the poor; their hands will return his wealth.
11Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.11Though his bones were full of youthful vigor; yet they will lie down with him in the dust.
12“They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness, letting it melt under their tongue.12Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth, though he conceals it under his tongue,
13They savored it, holding it long in their mouths.13though he savors it and delays swallowing it so he can taste it again and again in his mouth,
14But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach.14his food will turn rancid in his stomach— it will become a cobra's poison inside him.
15They will vomit the wealth they swallowed. God won’t let them keep it down.15"Though he swallows wealth, he will vomit it; God will dislodge 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 slay him.
17They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil or rivers of milk and honey.17He won't look at the rivers— the torrents of honey and curd.
18They will give back everything they worked for. Their wealth will bring them no joy.18"He will restore what he has attained from his work and won't consume it; he won't enjoy the profits from his business transactions,
19For they oppressed the poor and left them destitute. They foreclosed on their homes.19because he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he didn't build.
20They were always greedy and never satisfied. Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.20"Since his appetite won't quit; he won't let anything escape his lust.
21Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves. Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.21Because nothing was left for him to devour, therefore his prosperity won't last.
22“In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble and be overcome by misery.22Even though he is satiated and self-sufficient, he suffers— everyone in any sort of trouble will attack him.
23May God give them a bellyful of trouble. May God rain down his anger upon them.23"It will come about that, when he has filled himself to the full, God will vent his burning anger on him; he will pour it out on him and on his body.
24When they try to escape an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them.24Though he dodges an iron weapon, a bronze 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 will impale him and come out through his back; the point will glisten as it protrudes through his gall bladder, and he will be terrified.
26Their treasures will be thrown into deepest darkness. A wildfire will devour their goods, consuming all they have left.26"Total darkness has been reserved for his treasures; a fire that has no need to be kindled will devour him and consume whatever remains in his possession.
27The heavens will reveal their guilt, and the earth will testify against them.27Heaven will reveal his iniquity, while the earth will rise up against him.
28A flood will sweep away their house. God’s anger will descend on them in torrents.28A flood will wash away his house; dragging it away when God becomes angry.
29This is the reward that God gives the wicked. It is the inheritance decreed by God.”29This is what the wicked person inherits from God; it is the inheritance that God appoints for 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 Holy Bible: International Standard Version® Release 2.1 Copyright © 1996-2012 The ISV Foundation
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