Job 20
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:
2“I must reply because I am greatly disturbed.2"This is why my troubled thoughts bring me back--because of my feelings within me.
3I’ve had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.3When I hear a reproof that dishonors me, then my understanding prompts me to answer.
4“Don’t you realize that from the beginning of time, ever since people were first placed on the earth,4"Surely you know that it has been from old, ever since humankind was placed on the earth,
5the triumph of the wicked has been short lived and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?5that the elation of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6Though the pride of the godless reaches to the heavens and their heads touch the clouds,6Even though his stature reaches to 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 excrement; those who used to see 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.8Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, and like a vision of the night he is put to flight.
9Those who once saw them will see them no more. Their families will never see them again.9People who had seen him will not see him again, and the place where he was will recognize him no longer.
10Their children will beg from the poor, for they must give back their stolen riches.10His sons must recompense the poor; his own hands must return his wealth.
11Though they are young, their bones will lie in the dust.11His bones were full of his youthful vigor, but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust.
12“They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness, letting it melt under their tongue.12"If evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13They savored it, holding it long in their mouths.13if he retains it for himself and does not let it go, and holds it fast in his mouth,
14But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach.14his food is turned sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him.
15They will vomit the wealth they swallowed. God won’t let them keep it down.15The wealth that he consumed he vomits up, God will make him throw it out of his stomach.
16They will suck the poison of cobras. The viper will kill them.16He sucks the poison of serpents; the fangs of a viper kill him.
17They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil or rivers of milk and honey.17He will not look on the streams, the rivers, which are the torrents of honey and butter.
18They will give back everything they worked for. Their wealth will bring them no joy.18He gives back the ill-gotten gain without assimilating it; he will not enjoy the wealth from his commerce.
19For they oppressed the poor and left them destitute. They foreclosed on their homes.19For he has oppressed the poor and abandoned them; he has seized a house which he did not build.
20They were always greedy and never satisfied. Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.20For he knows no satisfaction in his appetite; he does not let anything he desires escape.
21Nothing is left after they finish gorging themselves. Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.21"Nothing is left for him to devour; that is why his prosperity does not last.
22“In the midst of plenty, they will run into trouble and be overcome by misery.22In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress overtakes him. 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.23"While he is filling his belly, God sends his burning anger against him, and rains down his blows upon him.
24When they try to escape an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them.24If he flees from an iron weapon, then an arrow from a bronze bow pierces him.
25The arrow is pulled from their back, and the arrowhead glistens with blood. The terrors of death are upon them.25When he pulls it out and it comes out of his back, the gleaming point out of 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 waits to receive his treasures; a fire which has not been kindled 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 reveal his iniquity; the earth rises up against him.
28A flood will sweep away their house. God’s anger will descend on them in torrents.28A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29This is the reward that God gives the wicked. It is the inheritance decreed by God.”29Such is the lot God allots the wicked, and the heritage of his appointment from God."
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