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Job 20 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Zophar Says the Joy of the Wicked Is Short

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Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

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“Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me [fn]respond,

Even because of my haste within me.

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“I listened to the discipline which dishonors me,

And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

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“Do you know this from of old,

From the establishment of man on earth,

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That the shouts of joy of the wicked are short,

And the gladness of the godless momentary?

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“Though his loftiness goes up to the heavens,

And his head touches the clouds,

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He perishes forever like his refuse;

Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

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“He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him;

Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.

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“The eye which saw him sees him no longer,

And his place no longer beholds him.

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“His sons seek the favor of the poor,

And his hands give back his wealth.

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“His bones are full of his youthful vigor,

But it lies down with him [fn]in the dust.

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“Though evil is sweet in his mouth

And he hides it under his tongue,

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Though he [fn]desires it and will not forsake it,

And holds it to his palate,

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Yet his food in his stomach is changed

To the [fn]venom of cobras within him.

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“He swallows up wealth,

But will vomit it up;

God will expel it from his belly.

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“He sucks the poison of cobras;

The viper’s tongue kills him.

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“He does not look at the streams,

The rivers flowing with honey and curds.

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“He returns what he has attained

And cannot swallow it;

As to the wealth of his trading,

He cannot even enjoy it.

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“For he has crushed and forsaken the poor;

He has seized a house which he has not built.

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“Because he knew no ease within his belly,

In his covetousness, he does not let anything escape.

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“Nothing remains [fn]for him to devour;

Therefore his prosperity does not endure.

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“In the fullness of his plenty he will be confined;

The hand of everyone who is troubled will come against him.

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“So it will be that he fills his belly,

And God will send His burning anger on him

And will rain it on him [fn]while he is eating.

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“He may flee from the iron weapon,

But the bronze bow will pierce him.

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“It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,

Even the glittering point from his gall;

Bouts of dread come upon him.

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Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures;

A fire unfanned will devour him;

It will consume the survivor in his tent.

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“The heavens will reveal his iniquity,

And the earth will rise up against him.

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“The increase of his house will depart;

His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.

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“This is the wicked man’s portion from God,

Even the inheritance decreed to him by God.”

LSB Footnotes
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Or of what he devours
Or of what he devours
Or of what he devours
Or as his food
Or as his food
Or as his food

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All rights reserved. Managed in partnership with Three Sixteen Publishing Inc.

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