Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked.
Job 20:1 Forsothe Sophar Naamathites answeride, and seide, Job 20:2 Therfor my thouytis dyuerse comen oon aftir anothir; and the mynde is rauyischid in to dyuerse thingis. Job 20:3 Y schal here the techyng, bi which thou repreuest me; and the spirit of myn vndurstondyng schal answere me. Job 20:4 Y woot this fro the bigynnyng, sithen man was set on erthe, Job 20:5 that the preisyng of wickid men is schort, and the ioie of an ypocrite is at the licnesse of a poynt. Job 20:6 Thouy his pride stieth in to heuene, and his heed touchith the cloudis, Job 20:7 he schal be lost in the ende, as a dunghil; and, thei that sien hym, schulen seie, Where is he? Job 20:8 As a dreem fleynge awei he schal not be foundun; he schal passe as a nyytis siyt. Job 20:9 The iye that siy hym schal not se; and his place schal no more biholde him. Job 20:10 Hise sones schulen be al to-brokun with nedynesse; and hise hondis schulen yelde to hym his sorewe. Job 20:11 Hise boonys schulen be fillid with the vices of his yong wexynge age; and schulen slepe with hym in dust. Job 20:12 For whanne yuel was swete in his mouth, he hidde it vndur his tunge. Job 20:13 He schal spare it, and schal not forsake it; and schal hide in his throte. Job 20:14 His breed in his wombe schal be turned in to galle of snakis withynne. Job 20:15 He schal spue out the richessis, whiche he deuouride; and God schal drawe tho ritchessis out of his wombe. Job 20:16 He schal souke the heed of snakis; and the tunge of an addre schal sle hym. Job 20:17 Se he not the stremys of the flood of the stronde, of hony, and of botere. Job 20:18 He schal suffre peyne for alle thingis whiche he hath do, netheles he schal not be wastid; aftir the multitude of his fyndyngis, so and he schal suffre. Job 20:19 For he brake, and made nakid the hows of a pore man; he rauyschide, and bildide it not. Job 20:20 And his wombe was not fillid; and whanne he hath that, that he couetide, he may not holde in possessioun. Job 20:21 No thing lefte of his mete; and therfor no thing schal dwelle of his goodis. Job 20:22 Whanne he is fillid, he schal be maad streit; he schal be hoot, and alle sorewe schal falle in on hym. Job 20:23 Y wolde, that his wombe be fillid, that he sende out in to hym the ire of his strong veniaunce, and reyne his batel on hym. Job 20:24 He schal fle yrun armuris, and he schal falle in to a brasun boowe. Job 20:25 Led out, and goynge out of his schethe, and schynynge, ether smytinge with leit, in to his bittirnesse; orrible fendis schulen go, and schulen come on hym. Job 20:26 Alle derknessis ben hid in hise priuytees; fier, which is not teendid, schal deuoure hym; he schal be turmentid left in his tabernacle. Job 20:27 Heuenes schulen schewe his wickidnesse; and erthe schal rise togidere ayens hym. Job 20:28 The seed of his hows schal be opyn; it schal be drawun doun in the dai of the strong veniaunce of the Lord. Job 20:29 This is the part of a wickid man, which part is youun of God, and the eritage of hise wordis of the Lord.