Job 20

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

Then Zophar the Naamathite
Lit answered and said
Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me
Lit return
Even because of my
Lit haste within me
inward agitation.
I listened to d the reproof which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
Do you know this from e of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
That the f triumphing of the wicked is short,
And g the joy of the godless momentary?
Though his loftiness
Lit goes up to
i reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
He j perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him k will say, ‘Where is he?’
He flies away like a l dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is m chased away.
“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.

12 Though 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
14  Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the
Lit gall
venom of cobras within him.
15 He swallows riches,
But will z vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16 He sucks aa the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue slays him.
17 He 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.

20 Because he knew no quiet
Lit in his belly
within him,
He does af not retain anything he desires.
21 Nothing remains
Or of what he devours
for him to devour,
Therefore ah his prosperity does not endure.
22 In 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.
25 It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
Even the glittering point from an his gall.
ao Terrors come upon him,
26 Complete 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.
29 This is the wicked man’s au portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”

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