20 Zophar Says, "The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short"
1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
2 "Therefore my disquieting thoughts
make me respond,
Even because of my inward agitation.
3 "I listened to the reproof which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes
4 "Do you know this from of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless momentary?
6 "Though his loftiness reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
7 He perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, `Where
8 "He flies away like a dream, and they
cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is
9 "The eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And his place no longer beholds him.
10 "His sons favor the poor,
And his hands give back his wealth.
11 "His 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,
13 Though he desires it and will not let it go,
But holds it in his mouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the venom of cobras within him.
15 "He swallows riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16 "He sucks the poison of cobras;
The viper's tongue slays him.
17 "He does not look at the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18 "He returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19 "For he has oppressed and forsaken
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.
21 "Nothing remains for him to devour,
Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
22 "In the fullness of his plenty he will
The hand of everyone who suffers will
come against him.
23 "When he fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24 "He may flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
25 "It is drawn forth and comes out of
Even the glittering point from his gall.
Terrors come upon him,
26 Complete darkness is held in reserve
for his treasures,
And unfanned fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27 "The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28 "The increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away in the day
of His anger.
29 "This is the wicked man's portion
Even the heritage decreed to him by God."
21 Job Says God Will Deal with the Wicked
1 Then Job answered,
2 "Listen carefully to my speech,
And let this be your way of consolation.
3 "Bear with me that I may speak;
Then after I have spoken, you may mock.
4 "As for me, is my complaint to man?
And why should I not be impatient?
5 "Look at me, and be astonished,
And put your hand over your mouth.
6 "Even when I remember, I am disturbed,
And horror takes hold of my flesh.
7 "Why do the wicked still live,
Continue on, also become very powerful?
8 "Their descendants are established with
them in their sight,
And their offspring before their eyes,
9 Their houses are safe from fear,
And the rod of God is not on them.
10 "His ox mates without fail;
His cow calves and does not abort.
11 "They send forth their little ones like
And their children skip about.
12 "They sing to the timbrel and harp
And rejoice at the sound of the flute.
13 "They spend their days in prosperity,
And suddenly they go down to Sheol.
14 "They say to God, `Depart from us!
We do not even desire the knowledge
of Your ways.
15 `Who is the Almighty, that we should
And what would we gain if we entreat Him?'
16 "Behold, their prosperity is not in their
The counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17 "How often is the lamp of the wicked
Or does their calamity fall on them?
Does God apportion destruction in
18 "Are they as straw before the wind,
And like chaff which the storm carries away?
19 "You say, `God stores away a man's
iniquity for his sons.'
Let God repay him so that he may know it.
20 "Let his own eyes see his decay,
And let him drink of the wrath of the
21 "For what does he care for his household
When the number of his months is cut off?
22 "Can anyone teach God knowledge,
In that He judges those on high?
23 "One dies in his full strength,
Being wholly at ease and satisfied;
24 His sides are filled out with fat,
And the marrow of his bones is moist,
25 While another dies with a bitter soul,
Never even tasting anything good.
26 "Together they lie down in the dust,
And worms cover them.
27 "Behold, I know your thoughts,
And the plans by which you would
28 "For you say, `Where is the house of
And where is the tent, the dwelling places
of the wicked?'
29 "Have you not asked wayfaring men,
And do you not recognize their witness?
30 "For the wicked is reserved for the day
They will be led forth at the day of fury.
31 "Who will confront him with his actions,
And who will repay him for what he has
32 "While he is carried to the grave,
Men will keep watch over his tomb.
33 "The clods of the valley will gently
Moreover, all men will follow after him,
While countless ones go before him.
34 "How then will you vainly comfort me,
For your answers remain full of falsehood?"