THE BOOK OF
Job 20 ©
Zophar shows he has reason to answer Job, v. 1, etc. Rehearses that the prosperity of the wicked perishes soon, 4. That God plagues them in all things many ways, 10. The conclusion of this rehearsal, 29.
THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
1Therefore do my 2thoughts cause me to 3answer, and 4for this I make haste.
I have heard the checka of my 5reproach, and the 6spirit 7of my understanding causeth me to answer.
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
Thatb the 8triumphing of the wicked is 9short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
Though his excellency mount up 10to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
Yet he shall perish for ever like 11his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
He shall fly away 12as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a 13vision of the night.
The eye also which saw him 14shall see him no more; neither shall 15his place any more behold him.
His children shall seek to 16please the poor, and his hands shall restore 17their goods.
His bones are full of the sin of 18his youth, 19which shall lie down with him in the dust.
Though 20wickedness be 21sweet in 22his mouth, though he 23hide it under his tongue;
Though he spare 24it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
Yet his 25meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall 26of asps 27within him.
He hath 28swallowed down riches, and he 29shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
He shall not see the 30rivers, the floods, the brooks 31of honey and butter.
That which he 32laboured for shall he 33restore, and shall not 34swallow it down: 35according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away anc house 36which he builded not;
37Surely he shall not feel quietness 38in his belly, he shall not save of that 39which he desired.
There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no 40man look for his goods.
41In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: 42every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
When 43he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall 44rain it upon him 45while he is eating.
46He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall 47strike him through.
It 48is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the 49glittering sword cometh out of 50his gall: terrors are upon him.
All 51darkness shall be hid in 52his secret places: 53a fire 54not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him 55that is left in his tabernacle.
56The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
The increase of his house shall 57depart, and his goods 58shall flow away in the 59day of his wrath.
This is the 60portion of a wicked man from God, and the 61heritage 62appointed unto him by God.