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Job 20

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Zophar shews the state and portion of the wicked.

20:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

20:2 “Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me,
even by reason of my haste that is in me.

20:3 I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame.
The spirit of my understanding answers me.

20:4 Don’t you know this from old time,
since man was placed on earth,

20:5 that the triumphing of the wicked is short,
the joy of the godless but for a moment?

20:6 Though his height mount up to the heavens,
and his head reach to the clouds,

20:7 yet he shall perish forever like his own dung.
Those who have seen him shall say,

‘Where is he?’

20:8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found.
Yes, he shall be chased away like a vision of the night.

20:9 The eye which saw him shall see him no more,
neither shall his place any more see him.

20:10 His children shall seek the favor of the poor.
His hands shall give back his wealth.

20:11 His bones are full of his youth,
but youth shall lie down with him in the dust.

20:12 “Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth,
though he hide it under his tongue,

20:13 though he spare it, and will not let it go,
but keep it still within his mouth;

20:14 yet his food in his bowels is turned.
It is cobra venom within him.

20:15 He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again.
God will cast them out of his belly.

20:16 He shall suck cobra venom.
The viper’s tongue shall kill him.

20:17 He shall not look at the rivers,
the flowing streams of honey and butter.

20:18 That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it down.
According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice.

20:19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor.
He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

20:20 “Because he knew no quietness within him,
he shall not save anything of that in which he delights.

20:21 There was nothing left that he didn’t devour,
therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

20:22 In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress shall overtake him.
The hand of everyone who is in misery shall come on him.

20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him.
It will rain on him while he is eating.

20:24 He shall flee from the iron weapon.
The bronze arrow shall strike him through.

20:25 He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body.
Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver.
Terrors are on him.

20:26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures.
An unfanned fire shall devour him.
It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

20:27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity.
The earth shall rise up against him.

20:28 The increase of his house shall depart.
They shall rush away in the day of his wrath.

20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God,
the heritage appointed to him by God.”

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