Job 20

Book of Job - Chapter 20

Job 20:1

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

Job 20:2

"Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of my haste that is in me.

Job 20:3

I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me.

Job 20:4

Don't you know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,

Job 20:5

that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Job 20:6

Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,

Job 20:7

yet he shall perish forever like his own dung. Those who have seen him shall say, 'Where is he?'

Job 20:8

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

Job 20:9

The eye which saw him shall see him no more, neither shall his place any more see him.

Job 20:10

His children shall seek the favor of the poor. His hands shall give back his wealth.

Job 20:11

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

Job 20:12

"Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue,

Job 20:13

though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;

Job 20:14

yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

Job 20:15

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

Job 20:16

He shall suck cobra venom. The viper's tongue shall kill him.

Job 20:17

He shall not look at the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter.

Job 20:18

That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it down. According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice.

Job 20:19

For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

Job 20:20

"Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save anything of that in which he delights.

Job 20:21

There was nothing left that he didn't devour, therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

Job 20:22

In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress shall overtake him. The hand of everyone who is in misery shall come on him.

Job 20:23

When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.

Job 20:24

He shall flee from the iron weapon. The bronze arrow shall strike him through.

Job 20:25

He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body. Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver. Terrors are on him.

Job 20:26

All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

Job 20:27

The heavens shall reveal his iniquity. The earth shall rise up against him.

Job 20:28

The increase of his house shall depart. They shall rush away in the day of his wrath.

Job 20:29

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