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Job 20 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Zophar’s Sermon on the Wicked Man
Zophar’s Sermon on the Wicked Man
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:1 - Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:2 - “Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
Because of the turmoil within me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:3 - I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me,
And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:4 - “Do you not know this of old,
Since man was placed on earth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:5 - That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:6 - Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens,
And his head reaches to the clouds,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:7 - Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse;
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;
Yes, 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 behold him anymore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:10 - His children will seek the favor of the poor,
And his hands will restore 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,
And he hides it under his tongue,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:13 - Though he spares it and does not forsake it,
But still keeps it in his mouth,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:14 - Yet his food in his stomach turns sour;
It becomes cobra venom 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 viper’s tongue will slay him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:17 - He will not see the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:18 - He will restore that for which he labored,
And will not swallow it down;
From the proceeds of business
He will get no enjoyment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:19 - For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor,
He has violently seized a house which he did not build.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:20 - “Because he knows no quietness in his heart,[fn]
He will not save anything he desires.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:21 - Nothing is left for him to eat;
Therefore his well-being will not last.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:22 - In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress;
Every hand of misery will come against him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:23 - When he is about to fill his stomach,
God will cast on him the fury of His wrath,
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:24 - He will flee from the iron weapon;
A bronze bow will pierce him through.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:25 - It is drawn, and comes out of the body;
Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall.
Terrors come upon him;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:26 - Total darkness is reserved for his treasures.
An unfanned fire will consume him;
It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
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 increase of his house will depart,
And his goods will flow away in the day of His wrath.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 20:29 - This is the portion from God for a wicked man,
The heritage appointed to him by God.”
NKJV Footnotes
Literally belly

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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For more information on this translation, see the NKJV Preface.

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