Job Chapter 20

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