Job 20 Notes, Meaning, and Commentary

Job 20


Job 20:1

Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Job 20:2

Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of my haste that is in me.

Job 20:3

I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answereth me.

Job 20:4

Knowest thou [not] this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth,

Job 20:5

That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Job 20:6

Though his height mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the clouds;

Job 20:7

Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: They that have seen him shall say, Where is he?

Job 20:8

He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.

Job 20:9

The eye which saw him shall see him no more; Neither shall his place any more behold him.

Job 20:10

His children shall seek the favor of the poor, And his hands shall give back his wealth.

Job 20:11

His bones are full of his youth, But it shall lie down with him in the dust.

Job 20:12

Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, Though he hide it under his tongue,

Job 20:13

Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth;

Job 20:14

Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

Job 20:15

He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly.

Job 20:16

He shall suck the poison of asps: The viper’s tongue shall slay him.

Job 20:17

He shall not look upon the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter.

Job 20:18

That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down; According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.

Job 20:19

For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.

Job 20:20

Because he knew no quietness within him, He shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth.

Job 20:21

There was nothing left that he devoured not; Therefore his prosperity shall not endure.

Job 20:22

In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.

Job 20:23

When he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, And will rain it upon him while he is eating.

Job 20:24

He shall flee from the iron weapon, And the bow of brass shall strike him through.

Job 20:25

He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body; Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall: Terrors are upon him.

Job 20:26

All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown [by man] shall devour him; It shall consume that which is left in his tent.

Job 20:27

The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up against him.

Job 20:28

The increase of his house shall depart; [His goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

Job 20:29

This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the heritage appointed unto him by God.

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