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Job 20:1–29

Zophar’s Second Speech

20 Thena Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

“Therefore my disquieting thoughts bring me back

for the sake ofb my inward excitement.c

I hear discipline that insults me,

and a spirit beyond my understanding answers me.

“Did youd know this from of old,

since the setting of the human being on earth,

that the rejoicing of the wicked is short,e

and the joy of the godless lasts only a moment?f

Even though his stature mounts up to the heaven,

and his head reaches to the clouds,

he will perish forever like his dung;

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

He will fly away like a dream, and they will not find him,

and he will be chased away like a vision of the night.

The eye that saw him will not see him again,g

and his place will no longer behold him.

10 His children will seek favors from the poor,

and his hands will return his wealth.

11 His bones were full of his vigor,

buth it will lie down with him oni the dust.

12 “Though wickedness tastes sweet in his mouth,

and he hides it under his tongue,

13 though he spares it and does not let it go

and holds it back in the midst of his palate,

14 in his bowels his food is turned,

the venom of horned vipers is within him.j

15 He swallows riches, butk he vomits theml up;

God drives themm out from his stomach.

16 He will suck the poison of horned vipers;

the viper’s tongue will kill him.

17 He will not enjoy the streams,n

the torrents of honey and curds.

18 Returning the products of his toil, he will not swallow;o

according to the profit of his trade, he will not enjoy,p

19 for he has oppressed; he has abandoned the poor;

he has seized a house butq did not build it.

20 Because he has not known satisfaction in his stomach,

he lets nothing escape that he desires.r

21 There is nothing left after he has eaten;s

therefore his prosperity will not endure.

22 In the fullness of his excess he will be in distress;t

all of misery’s power will come upon him.

23 When his stomach fills up,u God will send his burning angerv upon him,

and he will let it rain down upon himw as his food.

24 “He will flee from an iron weapon,

but an arrow of bronze will pierce him.

25 He draws it forth, and it comes out from his body,

and the glittering point comes from his gall-bladder;

terrors come upon him.

26 Total darknessx is hidden for his treasures;y

an unfanned firez will devour him;

the remnanta will be consumedb in his tent.

27 The heavens will reveal his guilt,

and the earth will rise up against him.

28 The products of his house will be carried awayc

like gushing watersd on the day of his wrath.

29 This is a wicked human being’s portion from God

and the inheritance of his decree from God.”e

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