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Job 20


Zophar Says, "The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short"

Job 20:1   Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
Job 20:2   "Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond, Even because of my inward agitation.
Job 20:3   "I listened to the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
Job 20:4   "Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth,
Job 20:5   That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless momentary?
Job 20:6   "Though his loftiness reaches the heavens, And his head touches the clouds,
Job 20:7   He perishes forever like his refuse; Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
Job 20:8   "He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him; Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.
Job 20:9   "The eye which saw him sees him no longer, And his place no longer beholds him.
Job 20:10   "His sons favor the poor, And his hands give back his wealth.
Job 20:11   "His bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it lies down with him in the dust.
Job 20:12   "Though evil is sweet in his mouth And he hides it under his tongue,
Job 20:13   Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it in his mouth,
Job 20:14   Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.
Job 20:15   "He swallows riches, But will vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly.
Job 20:16   "He sucks the poison of cobras; The viper's tongue slays him.
Job 20:17   "He does not look at the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
Job 20:18   "He returns what he has attained And cannot swallow it; As to the riches of his trading, He cannot even enjoy them.
Job 20:19   "For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has seized a house which he has not built.
Job 20:20   "Because he knew no quiet within him, He does not retain anything he desires.
Job 20:21   "Nothing remains for him to devour, Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
Job 20:22   "In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped; The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
Job 20:23   "When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it on him while he is eating.
Job 20:24   "He may flee from the iron weapon, But the bronze bow will pierce him.
Job 20:25   "It is drawn forth and comes out of his back, Even the glittering point from his gall. Terrors come upon him,
Job 20:26   Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent.
Job 20:27   "The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.
Job 20:28   "The increase of his house will depart; His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.
Job 20:29   "This is the wicked man's portion from God, Even the heritage decreed to him by God."
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