Job Chapter 20

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

1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

2“Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond,

Even because of my inward agitation.

3I listened to the reproof which insults me,

And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

4Do you know this from of old,

From the establishment of man on earth,

5That the triumphing of the wicked is short,

And the joy of the godless momentary?

6Though his loftiness reaches the heavens,

And his head touches the clouds,

7He perishes forever like his refuse;

Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

8He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him;

Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.

9The eye which saw him sees him no longer,

And his place no longer beholds him.

10His sons favor the poor,

And his hands give back his wealth.

11His bones are full of his youthful vigor,

But it lies down with him in the dust.

12“Though evil is sweet in his mouth

And he hides it under his tongue,

13Though he desires it and will not let it go,

But holds it in his mouth,

14Yet his food in his stomach is changed

To the venom of cobras within him.

15He swallows riches,

But will vomit them up;

God will expel them from his belly.

16He sucks the poison of cobras;

The viper’s tongue slays him.

17He does not look at the streams,

The rivers flowing with honey and curds.

18He returns what he has attained

And cannot swallow it;

As to the riches of his trading,

He cannot even enjoy them.

19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor;

He has seized a house which he has not built.

20“Because he knew no quiet within him,

He does not retain anything he desires.

21Nothing remains for him to devour,

Therefore his prosperity does not endure.

22In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;

The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.

23When he fills his belly,

God will send His fierce anger on him

And will rain it on him while he is eating.

24He may flee from the iron weapon,

But the bronze bow will pierce him.

25It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,

Even the glittering point from his gall.

Terrors come upon him,

26Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,

And unfanned fire will devour him;

It will consume the survivor in his tent.

27The heavens will reveal his iniquity,

And the earth will rise up against him.

28The increase of his house will depart;

His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.

29This is the wicked man’s portion from God,

Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”