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Job 20

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 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

 2 "My anxious thoughts cause me to answer, and for this reason I make haste.

 3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.

 4 Do you not know this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

 5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite lasts only for a moment?

 6 Though his excellence mounts up to the heavens, and his head reaches to the clouds;

 7 Yet he shall perish forever like his own dung; those who have seen him shall say, 'Where is he?'

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

 9 The eye that saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

 10 His children shall seek to make amends to the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.

 11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

 12 Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue;

 13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it, but still keeps it within his mouth;

 14 Yet his food in his bowels turns sour, it becomes the gall of asps within him.

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

 16 He shall suck the poison of asps; the viper's tongue shall slay him.

 17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks flowing with honey and cream.

 18 What he labored for shall be restored, and he shall not swallow it down. According to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice in it.

 19 Because he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor; because he has violently taken away a house that he did not build;

 20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not retain what he desired.

 21 There shall be nothing left for him to eat; therefore no evidence of his wealth will be seen.

 22 In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in trouble; every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

 23 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

 24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

 25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body; yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall; terrors are upon him.

 26 All darkness shall be hidden in his secret places. A fire not blown by man shall consume him; it shall go ill with those who are left in his tent.

 27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

 28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of His wrath.

 29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed to him by God."


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