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Job 20 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:1 - Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:2 - “Therefore my thoughts answer me,
because of my haste within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:3 - I hear censure that insults me,
and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:4 - Do you not know this from of old,
since man was placed on earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:5 - that the exulting of the wicked is short,
and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:6 - Though his height mount up to the heavens,
and his head reach to the clouds,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:7 - he will perish forever like his own dung;
those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:8 - He will fly away like a dream and not be found;
he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:9 - The eye that saw him will see him no more,
nor will his place any more behold him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:10 - His children will seek the favor of the poor,
and his hands will give back his wealth.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:11 - His bones are full of his youthful vigor,
but it will lie down with him in the dust.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:12 - “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
though he hides it under his tongue,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:13 - though he is loath to let it go
and holds it in his mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:14 - yet his food is turned in his stomach;
it is the venom of cobras within him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:15 - He swallows down riches and vomits them up again;
God casts them out of his belly.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:16 - He will suck the poison of cobras;
the tongue of a viper will kill him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:17 - He will not look upon the rivers,
the streams flowing with honey and curds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:18 - He will give back the fruit of his toil
and will not swallow it down;
from the profit of his trading
he will get no enjoyment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:19 - For he has crushed and abandoned the poor;
he has seized a house that he did not build.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:20 - “Because he knew no contentment in his belly,
he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:21 - There was nothing left after he had eaten;
therefore his prosperity will not endure.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:22 - In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress;
the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:23 - To fill his belly to the full,
God[fn] will send his burning anger against him
and rain it upon him into his body.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:24 - He will flee from an iron weapon;
a bronze arrow will strike him through.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:25 - It is drawn forth and comes out of his body;
the glittering point comes out of his gallbladder;
terrors come upon him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:26 - Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures;
a fire not fanned will devour him;
what is left in his tent will be consumed.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:27 - The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
and the earth will rise up against him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:28 - The possessions of his house will be carried away,
dragged off in the day of God’s[fn] wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:29 - This is the wicked man’s portion from God,
the heritage decreed for him by God.”
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