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Job 20 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Zophar from Naamath again took his turn: 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 "I can't believe what I'm hearing! You've put my teeth on edge, my stomach in a knot. 2 "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
3 How dare you insult my intelligence like this! Well, here's a piece of my mind! 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 "Don't you even know the basics, how things have been since the earliest days, when Adam and Eve were first placed on earth? 4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5 The good times of the wicked are short-lived; godless joy is only momentary. 5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6 The evil might become world famous, strutting at the head of the celebrity parade, 6 Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7 But still end up in a pile of dung. Acquaintances look at them with disgust and say, 'What's that?' 7 he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
8 They fly off like a dream that can't be remembered, like a shadowy illusion that vanishes in the light. 8 Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
9 Though once notorious public figures, now they're nobodies, unnoticed, whether they come or go. 9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10 Their children will go begging on skid row, and they'll have to give back their ill-gotten gain. 10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 Right in the prime of life, and youthful and vigorous, they'll die. 11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12 "They savor evil as a delicacy, roll it around on their tongues, 12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13 Prolong the flavor, a dalliance in decadence - real gourmets of evil! 13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14 But then they get stomach cramps, a bad case of food poisoning. 14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 They gag on all that rich food; God makes them vomit it up. 15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16 They gorge on evil, make a diet of that poison - a deadly diet - and it kills them. 16 He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17 No quiet picnics for them beside gentle streams with fresh-baked bread and cheese, and tall, cool drinks. 17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 They spit out their food half-chewed, unable to relax and enjoy anything they've worked for. 18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19 And why? Because they exploited the poor, took what never belonged to them. 19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20 "Such God-denying people are never content with what they have or who they are; their greed drives them relentlessly. 20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21 They plunder everything but they can't hold on to any of it. 21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22 Just when they think they have it all, disaster strikes; they're served up a plate full of misery. 22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23 When they've filled their bellies with that, God gives them a taste of his anger, and they get to chew on that for a while. 23 When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows upon him.
24 As they run for their lives from one disaster, they run smack into another. 24 Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25 They're knocked around from pillar to post, beaten to within an inch of their lives. They're trapped in a house of horrors, 25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26 and see their loot disappear down a black hole. Their lives are a total loss - not a penny to their name, not so much as a bean. 26 total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27 God will strip them of their sin-soaked clothes and hang their dirty laundry out for all to see. 27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28 Life is a complete wipeout for them, nothing surviving God's wrath. 28 A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29 There! That's God's blueprint for the wicked - what they have to look forward to." 29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."