Bishops' Bible

Job 20

Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked.

Job 20:1 Then aunswered Sophar the Naamathite, and saide: Job 20:2 For the same cause do my thoughtes compell me to aunswere, and therefore, make haste. Job 20:3 I haue sufficiently heard the checking of my reproofe, therefore the spirite of myne vnderstanding causeth me to aunswere. Job 20:4 Knowest thou not this of olde, and since God plaged man vpon earth, Job 20:5 That the gladnesse of the vngodlie hath ben short, and that the ioy of hypocrites continued but the twinckling of an eye? Job 20:6 Though he be magnified vp to the heauen, so that his head reacheth vnto the cloudes: Job 20:7 Yet at a turne he perisheth for euer, insomuch that they which haue seene him, shall say, Where is he? Job 20:8 He shall vanishe as a dreame, so that he can no more be founde, and shal passe away as a vision in the night. Job 20:9 So that the eye which sawe him before, shal haue no more sight of him, and his place shall know him no more. Job 20:10 His children shalbe faine to agree with the poore, and his handes shall restore their goodes. Job 20:11 From his youth his bones are full of pleasures, but now shall it lye downe within him in the earth. Job 20:12 When wickednesse was sweete in his mouth, he hyd it vnder his tongue. Job 20:13 That he fauoured, that would he not forsake, but kept it close in his throte. Job 20:14 The bread that he did eate, is turned to the poyson of serpentes within his bodye. Job 20:15 The riches that he deuoured shall he parbreake againe: for God shall drawe them out of his belly. Job 20:16 He shall sucke the gall of serpentes, and the adders tongue shall slay him: Job 20:17 So that he shall no more see the ryuers and brookes of hony and butter. Job 20:18 The thing he hath laboured for, shall he restore, and shall not eate of it: great trauaile shall he make for riches, but he shall not enioy them. Job 20:19 And why? he hath oppressed the poore, and not helped them: houses hath he spoyled, and not builded them. Job 20:20 Because he could not perceaue when his belly was well, through his greedie desire he shall not escape. Job 20:21 There shall none of his meate be left, therefore shall no man loke for his goodes. Job 20:22 When he had plenteousnesse of euery thing, yet was he poore, though he was helped on euery side. Job 20:23 And it shall come to passe, that wherewith he purposed to fill his belly, God shall powre the furie of his wrath theron, and shall cause his indignation to raigne vpon him, and vpon his meate. Job 20:24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bowe of steele shall strike him through. Job 20:25 The [arowe] is taken foorth and gone out of the quiuer, and a glistering sword through the gall of him: so feare shall come vpon him. Job 20:26 All darknesse shalbe hid in their secrete places, an vnkindled fire shal consume him: and loke what remaineth in his house, it shalbe destroyed. Job 20:27 The heauen shal declare his wickednesse, and the earth shall take part against him. Job 20:28 The substaunce that he hath in his house, shalbe taken away and perishe in the day of the Lordes wrath. Job 20:29 This is the portion that the wicked man shal haue of God, and the heritage that he may loke for of God, because of his wordes.

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