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Job: Chapter 20

Zophar shows the state and portion of the wicked, 1-29.

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, and said,

2 "Therefore, my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

3 I have heard the correction 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 but 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 as a dream, and will not be found. He shall even be chased away as a vision of the night.

9 Also the eye which saw him shall see him no more, neither shall his place behold him anymore.

10 His children shall seek to please 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 may be sweet in his mouth, though he may hide it under his tongue,

13 Though he may spare it, and not forsake it, but keep it still within his mouth,

14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned, it is 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 river, the floods, the brooks of honey and buttermilk.

18 That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it. According to his substance the restitution shall be, and he shall not rejoice in it.

19 For he has oppressed and has forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house which he did not build.

20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly. He shall not save of that which he desired.

21 None of his food shall be left; therefore, no man shall look for his goods.

22 In the fullness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits. 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. The glittering sword even comes out of his gall. Terrors are upon him.

26 All darkness shall be hid in his secret places. A fire not blown shall consume him. It shall go ill with him who is left in his tabernacle.

27 The heaven 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."