Job 20:5-29 NIV

5 that the mirth of the wicked1 is brief, the joy of the godless2 lasts but a moment.3

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6 Though his pride4 reaches to the heavens5 and his head touches the clouds,6

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7 he will perish forever,7 like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'8

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8 Like a dream9 he flies away,10 no more to be found, banished11 like a vision of the night.12
9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.13

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10 His children14 must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.15

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      11 The youthful vigor16 that fills his bones17 will lie with him in the dust.18

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      12 "Though evil19 is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,20

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      13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,21

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      14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;22 it will become the venom of serpents23 within him.

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      15 He will spit out the riches24 he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit25 them up.

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          16 He will suck the poison26 of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.27

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          17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers28 flowing with honey29 and cream.30

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          18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;31 he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.32

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              19 For he has oppressed the poor33 and left them destitute;34 he has seized houses35 he did not build.

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              20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving;36 he cannot save himself by his treasure.37

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              21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.38

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              22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;39 the full force of misery will come upon him.40

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              23 When he has filled his belly,41 God will vent his burning anger42 against him and rain down his blows upon him.43

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              24 Though he flees44 from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.45

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              25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors46 will come over him;47

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              26 total darkness48 lies in wait for his treasures. A fire49 unfanned will consume him50 and devour what is left in his tent.51

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              27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.52

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              28 A flood will carry off his house,53 rushing watersa on the day of God's wrath.54

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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."55

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