Job 20 NIV


1 Then Zophar the Naamathite1 replied:

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

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3 I hear a rebuke3 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,4 ever since mana was placed on the earth,

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5 that the mirth of the wicked5 is brief, the joy of the godless6 lasts but a moment.7

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6 Though his pride8 reaches to the heavens9 and his head touches the clouds,10

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7 he will perish forever,11 like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'12

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8 Like a dream13 he flies away,14 no more to be found, banished15 like a vision of the night.16
9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.17

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10 His children18 must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.19

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      11 The youthful vigor20 that fills his bones21 will lie with him in the dust.22

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      12 "Though evil23 is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,24

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      13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,25

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      14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;26 it will become the venom of serpents27 within him.

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      15 He will spit out the riches28 he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit29 them up.

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          16 He will suck the poison30 of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.31

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          17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers32 flowing with honey33 and cream.34

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          18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;35 he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.36

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              19 For he has oppressed the poor37 and left them destitute;38 he has seized houses39 he did not build.

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              20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving;40 he cannot save himself by his treasure.41

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              21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.42

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              22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;43 the full force of misery will come upon him.44

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              23 When he has filled his belly,45 God will vent his burning anger46 against him and rain down his blows upon him.47

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              24 Though he flees48 from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.49

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              25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors50 will come over him;51

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              26 total darkness52 lies in wait for his treasures. A fire53 unfanned will consume him54 and devour what is left in his tent.55

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              27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.56

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              28 A flood will carry off his house,57 rushing watersb on the day of God's wrath.58

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                • b 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."59

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