Job 20

Zophar Speaks

1 Then Zophar the Naamathitea replied:
2 This is why my unsettling thoughts compel me to answer, because I am upset!b
3 I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understandingc makes me reply.d
4 Don't you know that ever since antiquity, from [the time] man was placed on earth,e
5 the joy of the wicked has been brief and the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?f
6 Though his arrogance reaches heaven, and his head touches the clouds,g
7 he will vanish forever like his own dung. Those who knowh him will ask, "Where is he?"
8 He will fly away like a dream and never be found; he will be chased away like a vision in the night.i
9 The eye that saw him will see [him] no more, and his household will no longer see him.
10 His children will beg fromj the poor, for his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 His bones may be full of youthful vigor, but it will lie down with him in the grave.k
12 Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue,
13 though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth,l
14 yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras' venom inside him.
15 He swallows wealth but must vomit it up; God will force it from his stomach.
16 He will suck the poison of cobras; a viper's fangsm will kill him.n
17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.o
18 He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming [it]; he doesn't enjoy the profits from his trading.p
19 For he oppressed and abandoned the poor; he seized a house he did not build.q
20 Because his appetite is never satisfied,r he does not escape hiss desires.
21 Nothing is left for him to consume;t therefore, his prosperity will not last.u
22 At the height of his successv distress will come to him; the full weight of miseryw will crush him.x
23 When he fills his stomach, God will send His burning anger against him, raining [it] down on himy while he is eating.z
24 If he flees from an iron weapon, [an arrow from] a bronze bow will pierce him.
25 He pulls it out of his back, the flashing tip out of his liver.{ Terrors come over him.
26 Total darkness is reserved for his treasures. A fire unfanned [by human hands] will consume him;| it will feed on what is left in his tent.
27 The heavens will expose his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him.}
28 The possessions in his house will be removed, flowing away on the day of God's anger.
29 This is the wicked man's lot from God, the inheritance God ordained for him.~