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Job 20

Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked.

Job 20:1 Then answered Sophar the Naamathite, and sayde: Job 20:2 For the same cause do my thoughtes compell me to answere. And why? my mynde is tossed here and there. Job 20:3 I haue sufficiently herde the checkynge & reprofe, therfore am I purposed to make answere after my vnderstodinge. Job 20:4 Knowest thou not this, namely: that from the begynninge (euer sence the creacion of man vpon earth) Job 20:5 the prayse of the vngodly hath bene shorte, and that the ioye of Ypocrytes continued but ye twincklinge of an eye? Job 20:6 Though he be magnified vp to the heaue, so that his heade reacheth vnto the cloudes: Job 20:7 yet he perisheth at the last like donge: In so moch yt they which haue sene him, saye: Where is he? Job 20:8 He vanysheth as a dreame, so that he can nomore be founde, & passeth awaye as a vision in ye night. Job 20:9 So that the eye which sawe him before, getteth now no sight of him, & his place knoweth him nomore. Job 20:10 His childre go a begginge, their handes bringe the to sorow and heuynesse. Job 20:11 From his youth his bones are ful of vyce, which shal lie downe wt him in ye earth. Job 20:12 Whe wickednesse is swete in his mouth, he hydeth it vnder his tonge. Job 20:13 That he fauoureth, that wyll he not forsake, but kepeth it close in his throte. Job 20:14 The meate that he eateth, shalbe turned to the poyson of serpetes within his body. Job 20:15 The riches yt he deuoureth, shall he perbreake agayne, for God shal drawe them out of his bely. Job 20:16 The serpentes heade shall sucke him, and the adders tonge shall slaye him: Job 20:17 so that he shal nomore se the ryuers and brokes of hony and butter: Job 20:18 But laboure shal he, & yet haue nothinge to eate. Greate trauayle shal he make for riches, but he shal not enioye them. Job 20:19 And why? he hath oppressed the poore, and not helped them: houses hath he spoyled, and not buylded them. Job 20:20 His bely coude neuer be fylled, therfore shall he perish in his couetousnesse. Job 20:21 He deuoured so gredely, yt he left nothinge behynde, therfore his goodes shal not prospere. Job 20:22 Though he had plenteousnesse of euerythinge, yet was he poore, & therfore he is but a wretch on euery syde. Job 20:23 For though ye wicked haue neuer so moch to fyll his bely, yet God shal sende his wrath vpon him, and cause his battayll to rayne ouer him: Job 20:24 so that yf he fle the yron weapens, he shall be shott with the stele bowe. Job 20:25 The arowe shal be taken forth, & go out at his backe, and a glisteringe swearde thorow ye gall of him, feare shal come vpo him. Job 20:26 There shal no darcknes be able to hyde him. An vnkyndled fyre shal consume him, and loke what remayneth in his house, it shall be destroyed. Job 20:27 The heauen shall declare his wickednesse, & the earth shal take parte agaynst him. Job 20:28 The substaunce that he hath in his house, shalbe taken awaye and perish, in the daye of the LORDES wrath. Job 20:29 This is the porcion that ye wicked shal haue of God, and the heretage that he maye loke for of the LORDE.

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