NASB — Job 20 — KJV

Zophar Says, “The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short”

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite Ianswered,
  2 “Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me Irespond,
  Even because of my IIinward agitation.
  3 “I listened to athe reproof which insults me,
  And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
  4 “Do you know this from aof old,
  From the establishment of man on earth,
  5 That the atriumphing of the wicked is short,
  And bthe joy of the godless momentary?
  6 “Though his loftiness Iareaches the heavens,
  And his head touches the clouds,
  7 He aperishes forever like his refuse;
  Those who have seen him bwill say, ‘Where is he?’
  8 “He flies away like a adream, and they cannot find him;
  Even like a vision of the night he is bchased away.
  9 “The aeye which saw him sees him no longer,
  And bhis place no longer beholds him.
  10 “His asons Ifavor the poor,
  And his hands bgive back his wealth.
  11 “His abones are full of his youthful vigor,
  But it lies down with him Iin the dust.

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] ILit return IILit haste within me
[3] aJb 19:3
[4] aJb 8:8
[5] aJb 8:12, 13; Ps 37:35, 36 bJb 8:13
[6] ILit goes up to aIs 14:13, 14; Ob 3, 4
[7] aJb 4:20; 14:20 bJb 7:10; 8:18
[8] aPs 73:20; 90:5 bJb 18:18; 27:21-23
[9] aJb 7:8; 8:18 bJb 7:10
[10] IOr seek the favor of aJb 5:4; 27:14 bJb 20:18; 27:16, 17
[11] ILit on aJb 21:23, 24

  12 ¶ “Though aevil is sweet in his mouth
  [And] he hides it under his tongue,
  13 [Though] he Idesires it and will not let it go,
  But holds it ain his IImouth,
  14 [Yet] his food in his stomach is changed
  To the Ivenom of cobras within him.
  15 “He swallows riches,
  But will avomit them up;
  God will expel them from his belly.
  16 “He sucks athe poison of cobras;
  The viper’s tongue slays him.
  17 “He does not look at athe streams,
  The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
  18 “He areturns what he has attained
  And cannot swallow [it];
  As to the riches of his trading,
  He cannot even enjoy [them].
  19 “For he has aoppressed [and] forsaken the poor;
  He has seized a house which he has not built.

[12] aJb 15:16
[13] ILit has compassion on IILit palate aNu 11:18-20, 33; Jb 20:23
[14] ILit gall
[15] aJb 20:10, 20, 21
[16] aDt 32:24, 33
[17] aDt 32:13, 14; Jb 29:6
[18] aJb 20:10, 15
[19] aJb 24:2-4; 35:9

  20 ¶ “Because he knew no quiet Iwithin him,
  He does anot retain anything he desires.
  21 “Nothing remains Ifor him to devour,
  Therefore ahis prosperity does not endure.
  22 “In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;
  The ahand of everyone who suffers will come [against] him.
  23 “When he afills his belly,
  [God] will send His fierce anger on him
  And will brain [it] on him Iwhile he is eating.
  24 “He may aflee from the iron weapon,
  [But] the bronze bow will pierce him.
  25 “It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
  Even the glittering point from ahis gall.
  bTerrors come upon him,
  26 Complete adarkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
  And unfanned bfire will devour him;
  It will consume the survivor in his tent.
  27 “The aheavens will reveal his iniquity,
  And the earth will rise up against him.
  28 “The aincrease of his house will depart;
  [His possessions] will flow away bin the day of His anger.
  29 “This is the wicked man’s aportion from God,
  Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”

[20] ILit in his belly aEc 5:13-15
[21] IOr of what he devours aJb 15:29
[22] aJb 5:5
[23] IOr as his food aJb 20:13, 14 bNu 11:18-20, 33; Ps 78:30, 31
[24] aIs 24:18; Am 5:19
[25] aJb 16:13 bJb 18:11, 14
[26] aJb 18:18 bJb 15:30; Ps 21:9
[27] aDt 31:28; Is 26:21
[28] aDt 28:31 bJb 20:15; 21:30
[29] aJb 27:13; 31:2, 3


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Zophar sheweth the state and portion of the wicked.

1 ¶ Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for [this] I make haste. 3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer. 4 Knowest thou [not] this of old, since man was placed upon earth, 5 That the triumphing of the wicked [is] short, and the joy of the hypocrite [but] for a moment? 6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds; 7 [Yet] he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where [is] he? 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. 9 The eye also [which] saw him shall [see him] no more; neither shall his place any more behold him. 10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods. 11 His bones are full [of the sin] of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust. 12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, [though] he hide it under his tongue; 13 [Though] he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth: 14 [Yet] his meat in his bowels is turned, [it is] the gall of asps within him. 15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly. 16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him. 17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter. 18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow [it] down: according to [his] substance [shall] the restitution [be], and he shall not rejoice [therein]. 19 Because he hath oppressed [and] hath forsaken the poor; [because] he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not; 20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired. 21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods. 22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him. 23 [When] he is about to fill his belly, [God] shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain [it] upon him while he is eating. 24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, [and] the bow of steel shall strike him through. 25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors [are] upon him. 26 All darkness [shall be] hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle. 27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him. 28 The increase of his house shall depart, [and his goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath. 29 This [is] the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

[1] Jb 2:11; 11:1; 42:9.
[2] Jb 4:2; 13:19; 20:3; 32:13; Ps 31:22; 39:2; 116:11; Pv 14:29; 29:20; Ec 7:9; Jr 20:9; Mk 6:25; Ro 10:2; Jm 1:19.
[3] Jb 19:29; 20:2; 27:11; 33:3; Ps 49:3; 78:2.
[4] Gn 1:28; 9:1; Jb 8:8; 15:10; 32:7; Ps 115:16.
[5] Ex 15:9; Jg 16:21; Es 5:11; 7:10; Jb 5:3; 8:19; 15:29; 18:5; 27:8, 13; Ps 37:35; 73:18; Mt 7:21; 13:20; Ac 12:22; Ga 6:4; Jm 4:16.
[6] Gn 11:4; Is 14:13; Dn 4:11, 22; Am 9:2; Ob 1:3; Mt 11:23.
[7] 1K 14:10; 2K 9:37; Jb 14:10; Ps 83:10; Jr 8:2.
[8] Ps 18:10; 73:20; 90:5; Is 29:7.
[9] Jb 7:8, 10; 8:18; 20:7; 27:3; Ps 37:10, 36; 103:15.
[10] Ex 9:2; 12:36; 22:1, 3; 2S 12:6; Jb 20:18; Ps 109:10; Pv 6:31; 28:3; Lk 19:8.
[11] Jb 13:26; 19:20; 21:26; Ps 25:7; Pv 5:11, 22; 14:32; Ezk 24:13; 32:27; Jn 8:21, 24; Ac 1:25.
[12] Gn 3:6; Jb 15:16; Ps 10:7; 109:17; Pv 9:17; 20:17; Ec 11:9.
[13] Mt 5:29; Mk 9:43; Ro 8:13.
[14] Dt 32:24; 2S 11:2; 12:10; Jb 20:16; Ps 32:3; 38:1; 51:8; Pv 1:31; 23:20, 29; Jr 2:19; Mal 2:2; Ro 3:13.
[15] Pv 23:8; Mt 27:3.
[16] Is 30:6; Mt 3:7; Ac 28:3; Ro 3:13.
[17] Nu 14:23; Dt 32:13; 2S 17:29; 2K 7:2; Ps 36:8; 81:16; Is 7:15, 22; 41:17; Jr 17:6; Lk 16:24; Rv 22:1.
[18] Jb 20:5, 10, 15; 31:25, 29; Pv 1:12; Is 24:7; Jr 11:15; 22:13, 17; 51:34, 44; Lm 2:16; Ezk 7:12; Ho 8:7; 9:1; Am 8:4; Mt 23:14, 24; Jm 4:8.
[19] Dt 28:33; 1S 12:3; 1K 21:19; Jb 18:15; 21:27; 22:6; 24:2; 31:13, 38; 35:9; Ps 10:18; 12:5; Pv 14:31; 22:22; Ec 4:1; 5:8; Is 5:7; Lm 3:34; Ezk 22:29; Am 4:1; Mi 2:2, 9; Jm 2:6, 13; 5:4.
[20] Ec 5:13; Is 57:20.
[21] Jb 18:19; Jr 17:11; Lk 16:24.
[22] 2K 24:2; Jb 1:15, 17; 3:17; 15:29; 16:11; 18:7; Ps 39:5; Ec 2:18; Is 10:6; Rv 18:7.
[23] Gn 19:24; Ex 9:23; Nu 11:33; Ps 11:6; 78:30; Is 21:4; Mal 2:2; Lk 12:17.
[24] 2S 22:35; 1K 20:30; Pv 7:23; Is 24:18; Jr 48:43; Am 5:19; 9:1.
[25] Dt 32:41; 2S 18:14; Jb 6:4; 15:21; 16:13; 18:11; 27:20; Ps 7:12; 73:19; 88:15; Jr 20:3; 2Co 5:11.
[26] Jb 18:5, 19; Ps 21:9; 109:9; 120:4; Is 8:22; 14:20; 30:33; Mt 3:12; 8:12; Jde 1:13.
[27] Jb 16:18; 18:18; Ps 44:20; Is 26:21; Jr 29:23; Mal 3:5; Lk 12:2; Ro 2:16; 1Co 4:5.
[28] 2K 20:17; Jb 5:5; 20:10, 18; 27:14; Pv 11:4; Zp 1:18; Mt 16:26; Jm 5:1; Rv 18:17.
[29] Dt 29:20; Jb 18:21; 27:13; 31:2; Ps 11:5; Lm 3:38; Mt 24:51.


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