||English: New American Standard Bible
Job 20 [Commentary] |
||Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
||"Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond,
Even because of my inward agitation.
||"I listened to the reproof which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
||"Do you know this from of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
||That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless momentary?
||"Though his loftiness reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
||He perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, `Where is he?'
||"He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.
||"The eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And his place no longer beholds him.
||"His sons favor the poor,
And his hands give back his wealth.
||"His bones are full of his youthful vigor,
But it lies down with him in the dust.
||"Though evil is sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
||Though he desires it and will not let it go,
But holds it in his mouth,
||Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the venom of cobras within him.
||"He swallows riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
||"He sucks the poison of cobras;
The viper's tongue slays him.
||"He does not look at the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
||"He returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
||"For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He has seized a house which he has not built.
||"Because he knew no quiet within him,
He does not retain anything he desires.
||"Nothing remains for him to devour,
Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
||"In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;
The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
||"When he fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
||"He may flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
||"It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
Even the glittering point from his gall.
Terrors come upon him,
||Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
And unfanned fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
||"The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
||"The increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.
||"This is the wicked man's portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God."
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