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Job 20 International Children’s Bible (ICB)

Zophar Answers

20 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:

“My troubled thoughts cause me to answer.
    I am very upset.
I hear you criticize, and I am insulted.
    But I understand how to answer you.

“You know how it has been for a long time.
    It has been this way since man was put on the earth.
The happiness of an evil person is very short.
    The joy of a person without God lasts only a moment.
His pride may be as high as the heavens.
    His head may touch the clouds.
But he will be gone forever, like his own dung.
    People who knew him will say, ‘Where is he?’
He will fly away like a dream.
    He will not be found again.
    He will be chased away like a vision in the night.
Those who saw him will not see him again.
    The place where he lived will see him no more.
10 His children will have to make up for how he mistreated the poor.
    He will have to give his wealth back with his own hands.
11 He has the strength of his youth in his bones.
    But it will lie with him in the dust of death.

12 “Evil may taste sweet in the evil person’s mouth.
    He may hide it under his tongue.
13 He cannot stand to let go of it.
    So he keeps it in his mouth.
14 But his food will turn sour in his stomach.
    It will be like the poison of a snake inside him.
15 He has swallowed riches, but he will spit them out.
    God will make the evil person’s stomach vomit them up.
16 He will suck the poison of snakes.
    The snake’s poisonous fangs will kill him.
17 He will not admire the sparkling streams
    or the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 He must give back what he worked for without eating it.
    He will not enjoy the money he made from his trading.
19 This is because he has troubled the poor people and left them with nothing.
    He has taken houses he did not build.

20 “The evil person has no rest from his desire.
    Nothing escapes his selfishness.
21 But nothing will be left for him to eat.
    His riches will not continue.
22 When he still has plenty, trouble will catch up to him.
    Great misery will come down on him.
23 The evil person may eat until his stomach is full.
    But then God will send his burning anger against him.
    God will send blows of punishment down on him like rain.
24 The evil person may run away from an iron weapon.
    But then a bronze arrow will stab him.
25 He will pull the arrow out of his back.
    He will pull its point out of his liver.
Terrors will come over him.
26     Total darkness waits for his treasure.
A fire not fanned by people will destroy him.
    That fire will burn up what is left of his tent.
27 The heavens will show his guilt.
    The earth will rise up against him.
28 A flood will carry his house away.
    The rushing waters will come on the day of God’s anger.
29 This is what God plans for evil people.
    This is what he has decided they will receive.”

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Job 20 New International Version (NIV)

Zophar

20 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

“My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer
    because I am greatly disturbed.
I hear a rebuke that dishonors me,
    and my understanding inspires me to reply.

“Surely you know how it has been from of old,
    ever since mankind[a] was placed on the earth,
that the mirth of the wicked is brief,
    the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
Though the pride of the godless person reaches to the heavens
    and his head touches the clouds,
he will perish forever, like his own dung;
    those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found,
    banished like a vision of the night.
The eye that saw him will not see him again;
    his place will look on him no more.
10 His children must make amends to the poor;
    his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones
    will lie with him in the dust.

12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth
    and he hides it under his tongue,
13 though he cannot bear to let it go
    and lets it linger in his mouth,
14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;
    it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed;
    God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16 He will suck the poison of serpents;
    the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17 He will not enjoy the streams,
    the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;
    he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute;
    he has seized houses he did not build.

20 “Surely he will have no respite from his craving;
    he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21 Nothing is left for him to devour;
    his prosperity will not endure.
22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;
    the full force of misery will come upon him.
23 When he has filled his belly,
    God will vent his burning anger against him
    and rain down his blows on him.
24 Though he flees from an iron weapon,
    a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25 He pulls it out of his back,
    the gleaming point out of his liver.
Terrors will come over him;
26     total darkness lies in wait for his treasures.
A fire unfanned will consume him
    and devour what is left in his tent.
27 The heavens will expose his guilt;
    the earth will rise up against him.
28 A flood will carry off his house,
    rushing waters[b] on the day of God’s wrath.
29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked,
    the heritage appointed for them by God.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 20:4 Or Adam
  2. Job 20:28 Or The possessions in his house will be carried off, / washed away
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