Job 20 NIV


1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

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2 “My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.

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3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.

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4 “Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankinda was placed on the earth,

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    • € 20:4 - Or "Adam"
      5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

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      6 Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,

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      7 he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

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      8 Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
      9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.

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      10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.

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          11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.

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          12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,

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          13 though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,

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          14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.

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          15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.

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              16 He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.

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              17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

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              18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.

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                  19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.

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                  20 “Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.

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                  21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.

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                  22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.

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                  23 When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.

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                  24 Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.

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                  25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;

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                  26 total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.

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                  27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.

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                  28 A flood will carry off his house, rushing watersb on the day of God’s wrath.

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                    •  20:28 - Or "The possessions in his house will be carried off," / "washed away"
                      29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God.”

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