Job 20:1-29 - Zophar's Second Speech

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, 2 "Therefore my disquieting thoughts bring me back {for the sake of} my inward excitement. 3 I hear discipline that insults me, and a spirit beyond my understanding answers me.

4 "Did you know this from of old, since the setting of [the] human being on earth, 5 that [the] rejoicing of [the] wicked [is] {short}, and the joy of [the] godless {lasts only a moment}? 6 Even though his stature mounts up to the heaven, and his head reaches to the clouds, 7 he will perish forever like his dung; [those who] have seen him will say, 'Where [is] he?' 8 He will fly away like a dream, and they will not find him, and he will be chased away like a vision of [the] night. 9 [The] eye [that] saw him {will not see him again}, and his place will no longer behold him. 10 His children will seek favors from [the] poor, and his hands will return his wealth. 11 His bones were full of his vigor, but it will lie down with him on [the] dust.

12 "Though wickedness tastes sweet in his mouth, [and] he hides it under his tongue, 13 [though] he spares it and does not let it go [and] holds it back in the midst of his palate, 14 in his bowels his food is turned, [the] venom of horned vipers [is] {within him}. 15 He swallows riches, but he vomits them [up]; God drives them out from his stomach. 16 He will suck [the] poison of horned vipers; [the] viper's tongue will kill him. 17 {He will not enjoy the streams}, [the] torrents of honey and curds. 18 Returning [the] products of [his] toil, he will not swallow; according to the profit of his trade, {he will not enjoy}, 19 for he has oppressed; he has abandoned [the] poor; he has seized a house but did not build it.

20 Because he has not known satisfaction in his stomach, {he lets nothing escape that he desires}. 21 {There is nothing left after he has eaten}; therefore his prosperity will not endure. 22 In the fullness of his excess {he will be in distress}; all of misery's power will come [upon] him. 23 {When his stomach fills up}, [God] will send {his burning anger} upon him, and he will let [it] rain down upon him as his food. 24 "He will flee from an iron weapon, [but] an arrow of bronze will pierce him. 25 He draws [it] forth, and it comes out from [his] body, and [the] glittering point comes from his gall-bladder; terrors come upon him. 26 {Total darkness} is hidden for his treasures; {an unfanned fire} will devour him; [the] remnant {will be consumed} in his tent. 27 [The] heavens will reveal his guilt, and [the] earth will rise up against him. 28 The products of his house will be carried away [like] gushing waters on the day of his wrath. 29 This [is] a wicked human being's portion from God and the inheritance of his decree from God."