Job 20

Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer

1 Then a Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

2 "Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,
Because of the turmoil within me.
3 I have heard the rebuke 1 that reproaches me,
And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
4 "Do you not know this of b old,
Since man was placed on earth,
5 c That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a d moment?
6 e Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens,
And his head reaches to the clouds,
7 Yet he will perish forever like his own refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
8 He will fly away f like a dream, and not be found;
Yes, he g will be chased away like a vision of the night.
9 The eye that saw him will see him no more,
Nor will his place behold him anymore.
10 His children will seek the favor of the poor,
And his hands will restore his wealth.
11 His bones are full of h his youthful vigor,
i But it will lie down with him in the dust.

12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it,
But still keeps it in his 2 mouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour;
It becomes cobra venom within him.
15 He swallows down riches
And vomits them up again;
God casts them out of his belly.
16 He will suck the poison of cobras;
The viper's tongue will slay him.
17 He will not see j the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 He will restore that for which he labored,
And will not swallow it down;
From the proceeds of business
He will get no enjoyment.
19 For he has 3 oppressed and forsaken the poor,
He has violently seized a house which he did not build.

20 "Because k he knows no quietness in his 4 heart,
He will not save anything he desires.
21 Nothing is left for him to eat;
Therefore his well-being will not last.
22 In his self-sufficiency he will be in distress;
Every hand of 5 misery will come against him.
23 When he is about to fill his stomach,
God will cast on him the fury of His wrath,
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24 l He will flee from the iron weapon;
A bronze bow will pierce him through.
25 It is drawn, and comes out of the body;
Yes, m the glittering point comes out of his 6 gall.
n Terrors come upon him;
26 Total darkness is reserved for his treasures.
o An unfanned fire will consume him;
It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
27 The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house will depart,
And his goods will flow away in the day of His p wrath.
29 q This is the portion from God for a wicked man,
The heritage appointed to him by God."

  1. Cross References
    Job 11:1
    Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
  2. Cross References
    Job 8:8
    For inquire, please, of the former age, And consider the things discovered by their fathers.
    Job 15:10
    Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, Much older than your father.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 37:35
    I have seen the wicked in great power, And spreading himself like a native green tree.
    Psalms 37:36
    Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
  4. Cross References
    Job 8:13
    So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the hypocrite shall perish.
    Job 13:16
    He also shall be my salvation, For a hypocrite could not come before Him.
    Job 15:34
    For the company of hypocrites will be barren, And fire will consume the tents of bribery.
    Job 27:8
    For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:13
    For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north.
    Isaiah 14:14
    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 73:20
    As a dream when one awakes, So, Lord, when You awake, You shall despise their image.
    Psalms 90:5
    You carry them away like a flood; They are like a sleep. In the morning they are like grass which grows up:
  7. Cross References
    Job 18:18
    He is driven from light into darkness, And chased out of the world.
    Job 27:21 - 23
    The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; It sweeps him out of his place.
  8. Cross References
    Job 13:26
    For You write bitter things against me, And make me inherit the iniquities of my youth.
  9. Cross References
    Job 21:26
    They lie down alike in the dust, And worms cover them.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 36:8
    They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures.
    Jeremiah 17:8
    For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
  11. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 5:13 - 15
    There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun: Riches kept for their owner to his hurt.
  12. Cross References
    Isaiah 24:18
    And it shall be That he who flees from the noise of the fear Shall fall into the pit, And he who comes up from the midst of the pit Shall be caught in the snare; For the windows from on high are open, And the foundations of the earth are shaken.
    Amos 5:19
    It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!
  13. Cross References
    Job 16:13
    His archers surround me. He pierces my heart and does not pity; He pours out my gall on the ground.
  14. Cross References
    Job 18:11
    Terrors frighten him on every side, And drive him to his feet.
    Job 18:14
    He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors.
  15. Cross References
    Psalms 21:9
    You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath, And the fire shall devour them.
  16. Cross References
    Job 20:15
    He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.
    Job 21:30
    For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; They shall be brought out on the day of wrath.
  17. Cross References
    Job 27:13
    This is the portion of a wicked man with God, And the heritage of oppressors, received from the Almighty:
    Job 31:2
    For what is the allotment of God from above, And the inheritance of the Almighty from on high?
    Job 31:3
    Is it not destruction for the wicked, And disaster for the workers of iniquity?
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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