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Job 20 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said, 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 For this cause my thoughts are troubling me and driving me on. 2 "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
3 I have to give ear to arguments which put me to shame, and your answers to me are wind without wisdom. 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 Have you knowledge of this from early times, when man was placed on the earth, 4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5 That the pride of the sinner is short, and the joy of the evil-doer but for a minute? 5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6 Though he is lifted up to the heavens, and his head goes up to the clouds; 6 Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7 Like the waste from his body he comes to an end for ever: those who have seen him 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 is gone like a dream, and is not seen again; he goes in flight like a vision of the night. 8 Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
9 The eye which saw him sees him no longer; and his place has no more knowledge of him. 9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10 His children are hoping that the poor will be kind to them, and his hands give back his wealth. 10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 His bones are full of young strength, but it will go down with him into the dust. 11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12 Though evil-doing is sweet in his mouth, and he keeps it secretly under his tongue; 12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he takes care of it, and does not let it go, but keeps it still in his mouth; 13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14 His food becomes bitter in his stomach; the poison of snakes is inside him. 14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 He takes down wealth as food, and sends it up again; it is forced out of his stomach by God. 15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16 He takes the poison of snakes into his mouth, the tongue of the snake is the cause of his death. 16 He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17 Let him not see the rivers of oil, the streams of honey and milk. 17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 He is forced to give back the fruit of his work, and may not take it for food; he has no joy in the profit of his trading. 18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19 Because he has been cruel to the poor, turning away from them in their trouble; because he has taken a house by force which he did not put up; 19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20 There is no peace for him in his wealth, and no salvation for him in those things in which he took delight. 20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21 He had never enough for his desire; for this cause his well-being will quickly come to an end. 21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22 Even when his wealth is great, he is full of care, for the hand of everyone who is in trouble is turned against him. 22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23 God gives him his desire, and sends the heat of his wrath on him, making it 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 He may go in flight from the iron spear, but the arrow from the bow of brass will go through him; 24 Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25 He is pulling it out, and it comes out of his back; and its shining point comes out of his side; he is overcome by fears. 25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26 All his wealth is stored up for the dark: a fire not made by man sends destruction on him, and on everything in his tent. 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 make clear his sin, and the earth gives witness against him. 27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28 The produce of his house is taken away into another country, like things given into the hands of others in the day of wrath. 28 A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29 This is the reward of the evil man, and the heritage given to him by God. 29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."