Job 20

Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said: For this do my thoughts lead me to reply, And for this is my ardor within me. I have heard my shameful rebuke; And the spirit, from my understanding, answereth for me. Knowest thou not, that from the days of old, From the time when man was placed upon the earth, The triumphing of the wicked hath been short, And the joy of the impious but for a moment? Though his greatness mount up to the heavens, And his head reach to the clouds, Yet shall he perish for ever, and be mingled with dust; They who saw him shall say, Where is he? He shall flee away like a dream, and shall not be found; Yea, he shall disappear like a vision of the nigh. The eye also which saw him shall see him no more, And his dwelling-place shall never more behold him. 10 His sons shall seek the favor of the poor, And their hands shall give back his wealth. 11 His bones are full of his youth, But they shall lie down with him in the dust. 12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, Though he hide it under his tongue, 13 Though he cherish it, and will not part with it, And keep it fast in his mouth, 14 Yet his meat shall be changed within him, And become to him the poison of asps. 15 He hath glutted himself with riches, And he shall throw them up again; Yea, God shall cast them out of his body. 16 He shall suck the poison of asps; The tongue of the viper shall destroy him. 17 He shall never see the flowing streams, And the rivers of honey and milk. 18 The fruits of his toil he shall give back, and shall not enjoy them: It is substance to be restored, and he shall not rejoice therein. 19 Because he hath oppressed and abandoned the poor, And seized upon the house which he did not build; 20 Because he knew no rest in his bosom, He shall not save that in which he delighteth. 21 Because nothing escaped his greediness, His prosperity shall not endure. 22 In the fulness of his abundance he shall be brought low; Every hand of the wretched shall come upon him. 23 He shall, indeed, have wherewith to fill himself: God shall send upon him the fury of his anger, And rain it down upon him for his food. 24 If he fleeth from the iron weapon, The bow of brass shall pierce him through. 25 He draweth the arrow, and it cometh forth from his body; Yea, the glittering steel cometh out of his gall. Terrors are upon him; 26 Calamity of every kind is treasured up for him. A fire not blown shall consume him; It shall consume whatever is left in his tent. 27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up against him. 28 The substance of his house shall disappear; It shall flow away in the day of His wrath. 29 Such is the portion of the wicked man from God, And the inheritance appointed for him by the Almighty.
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