English Revised Version

Job 20

Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked.

Job 20:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, Job 20:2 Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of my haste that is in me. Job 20:3 I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame, and the spirit of my understanding answereth me. Job 20:4 Knowest thou [not] this of old time, since man was placed upon earth, Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment? Job 20:6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; Job 20:7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he? Job 20:8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. Job 20:9 The eye which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him. Job 20:10 His children shall seek the favour of the poor, and his hands shall give back his wealth. Job 20:11 His bones are full of his youth, but it shall lie down with him in the dust. Job 20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue; Job 20:13 Though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth; Job 20:14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him. Job 20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. Job 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him. Job 20:17 He shall not look upon the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter. Job 20:18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down; according to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice. Job 20:19 For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; he hath violently taken away an house, and he shall not build it up. Job 20:20 Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth. Job 20:21 There was nothing left that he devoured not; therefore his prosperity shall not endure. Job 20:22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: the hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him. Job 20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, [God] shall cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating. Job 20:24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of brass shall strike him through. Job 20:25 He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body: yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall; terrors are upon him. Job 20:26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown [by man] shall devour him; it shall consume that which is left in his tent. Job 20:27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him. Job 20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, [his goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath. Job 20:29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

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