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Job 20 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

GOD'S WORD Translation (GW) New International Version (NIV)
1 Then Zophar from Naama replied [to Job], 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 "My disturbing thoughts make me answer, and because of them I am upset. 2 "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
3 I have heard criticism that makes me ashamed, but a spirit beyond my understanding gives me answers. 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 "Don't you know that from ancient times, from the time humans were placed on earth, 4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5 the triumph of the wicked is short-lived, and the joy of the godless person lasts only a moment? 5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6 If his height reaches to the sky and his head touches the clouds, 6 Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7 he will certainly rot like his own feces. Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?' 7 he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
8 He will fly away like a dream and not be found. He will be chased away like a vision in the night. 8 Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
9 Eyes that saw him will see him no more. His home will not look at him again. 9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10 His children will have to ask the poor for help. His own hands will have to give back his wealth. 10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 His bones, once full of youthful vigor, will lie down with him in the dust. 11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue. . . . 12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he savors it and won't let go of it and he holds it on the roof of his mouth, 13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14 the food in his belly turns sour. It becomes snake venom in his stomach. 14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 He vomits up the riches that he swallowed. God forces them out of his stomach. 15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16 The godless person sucks the poison of snakes. A viper's fang kills him. 16 He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17 He won't be able to drink from the streams or from the rivers of honey and buttermilk. 17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 He will give back what he earned without enjoying it. He will get no joy from the profits of his business 18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19 because he crushed and abandoned the poor. He has taken by force a house that he didn't build. 19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20 He will never know peace in his heart. He will never allow anything he desires to escape [his grasp]. 20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21 "Nothing is left for him to eat. His prosperity won't last. 21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22 [Even] with all his wealth the full force of misery comes down on him. 22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23 Let that misery fill his belly. [God] throws his burning anger at the godless person and makes his wrath come down on him like rain. 23 When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows upon him.
24 If that person flees from an iron weapon, a bronze bow will pierce him. 24 Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25 He pulls it out, and it comes out of his back. The glittering point comes out of his gallbladder. "Terrors come quickly to the godless person: 25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26 Total darkness waits in hiding for his treasure. A fire that no one fans will burn him. Whatever is left in his tent will be devoured. 26 total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27 Heaven exposes his sin. Earth rises up against him. 27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28 A flood will sweep away his house, a flash flood on the day of his anger. 28 A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29 This is the reward God gives to the wicked person, the inheritance God has appointed for him." 29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."