Job 20:1-29 NIV

Job 20:1-29 NIV [1] Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: [2] "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed. [3] I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply. [4] "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since mankind was placed on the earth, [5] that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment. [6] Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds, [7] he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?' [8] Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night. [9] The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more. [10] His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth. [11] The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust. [12] "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue, [13] though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth, [14] yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him. [15] He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up. [16] He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him. [17] He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream. [18] What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading. [19] For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build. [20] "Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure. [21] Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure. [22] In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him. [23] When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him. [24] Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him. [25] He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him; [26] total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent. [27] The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him. [28] A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath. [29] Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."

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