Job 20

Zophar Says, “The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short”

1Then Zophar the Naamathite
Lit answered and said
answered,
2Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me
Lit return
respond,
Even because of my
Lit haste within me
inward agitation.
3I listened to d  the reproof which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
4Do you know this from e  of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
5That the f  triumphing of the wicked is short,
And g  the joy of the godless momentary?
6Though his loftiness
Lit goes up to
,
i  reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
7He j  perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him k  will say, ‘Where is he?’
8He flies away like a l  dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is m  chased away.
9“The n  eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And o  his place no longer beholds him.
10“His p  sons
Or seek the favor of
favor the poor,
And his hands r  give back his wealth.
11“His s  bones are full of his youthful vigor,
But it lies down with him
Lit on
in the dust.

12Though u  evil is sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he
Lit has compassion on
desires it and will not let it go,
But holds it w  in his
Lit palate
mouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the
Lit gall
venom of cobras within him.
15He swallows riches,
But will z  vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16He sucks aa  the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue slays him.
17He does not look at ab  the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18“He ac  returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19“For he has ad  oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He has seized a house which he has not built.

20Because he knew no quiet
Lit in his belly
within him,
He does af  not retain anything he desires.
21Nothing remains
Or of what he devours
for him to devour,
Therefore ah  his prosperity does not endure.
22In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;
The ai  hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
23“When he aj  fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will ak  rain it on him
Or as his food
while he is eating.
24“He may am  flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
25It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
Even the glittering point from an  his gall.
ao  Terrors come upon him,
26Complete ap  darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
And unfanned aq  fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27“The ar  heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28“The as  increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away at  in the day of His anger.
29This is the wicked man’s au  portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”

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