Job 20 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered: 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 "My troubled thoughts cause me to answer, because I am very upset. 2 "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
3 You correct me and I am insulted, but I understand how to answer you. 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 "You know how it has been for a long time, ever since people were first put on the earth. 4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5 The happiness of evil people is brief, and the joy of the wicked lasts only a moment. 5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6 Their pride may be as high as the heavens, and their heads may touch the clouds, 6 Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7 but they will be gone forever, like their own dung. People who knew them will say, 'Where are they?' 7 he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
8 They will fly away like a dream and not be found again; they 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 Those who saw them will not see them again; the places where they lived will see them no more. 9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10 Their children will have to pay back the poor, and they will have to give up their wealth. 10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 They had the strength of their youth in their bones, but it will lie with them in the dust of death. 11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12 "Evil may taste sweet in their mouths, and they may hide it under their tongues. 12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13 They cannot stand to let go of it; they keep it in their mouths. 13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14 But their food will turn sour in their stomachs, like the poison of a snake inside them. 14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 They have swallowed riches, but they will spit them out; God will make them vomit their riches up. 15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16 They will suck the poison of snakes, and the snake's fangs will kill them. 16 He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17 They will not admire the sparkling streams or the rivers flowing with honey and cream. 17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 They must give back what they worked for without eating it; they will not enjoy the money they made from their trading, 18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19 because they troubled the poor and left them with nothing. They have taken houses they did not build. 19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20 "Evil people never lack an appetite, and nothing escapes their selfishness. 20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21 But nothing will be left for them to eat; their riches will not continue. 21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22 When they still have plenty, trouble will catch up to them, and great misery will come down on them. 22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23 When the wicked fill their stomachs, God will send his burning anger against them, and blows of punishment will fall on them 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 The wicked may run away from an iron weapon, but a bronze arrow will stab them. 24 Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25 They will pull the arrows out of their backs and pull the points out of their livers. Terrors will come over them; 25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26 total darkness waits for their treasure. A fire not fanned by people will destroy them and burn up what is left of their tents. 26 total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27 The heavens will show their guilt, and the earth will rise up against them. 27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28 A flood will carry their houses away, swept away on the day of God's anger. 28 A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29 This is what God plans for evil people; this is what he has decided they will receive." 29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."