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20Â Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
2Â Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
3Â I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
4Â Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
5Â That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
6Â Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
7Â Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
8Â He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9Â The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.
10Â His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.
11Â His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.
12Â Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;
13Â Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
14Â Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
15Â He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.
16Â He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper’s tongue shall slay him.
17Â He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
18Â That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
19Â Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20Â Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.
21Â There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.
22Â In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.
23Â When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
24Â He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
25Â It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
26Â All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
27Â The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.
28Â The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
29Â This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.
21Â But Job answered and said,
2Â Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations.
3Â Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
4Â As for me, is my complaint to man? and if it were so, why should not my spirit be troubled?
5Â Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
6Â Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.
7Â Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
8Â Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring before their eyes.
9Â Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them.
10Â Their bull gendereth, and faileth not; their cow calveth, and casteth not her calf.
11Â They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.
12Â They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
13Â They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.
14Â Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
15Â What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
16Â Lo, their good is not in their hand: the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
17Â How oft is the candle of the wicked put out! and how oft cometh their destruction upon them! God distributeth sorrows in his anger.
18Â They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that the storm carrieth away.
19Â God layeth up his iniquity for his children: he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.
20Â His eyes shall see his destruction, and he shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21Â For what pleasure hath he in his house after him, when the number of his months is cut off in the midst?
22Â Shall any teach God knowledge? seeing he judgeth those that are high.
23Â One dieth in his full strength, being wholly at ease and quiet.
24Â His breasts are full of milk, and his bones are moistened with marrow.
25Â And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.
26Â They shall lie down alike in the dust, and the worms shall cover them.
27Â Behold, I know your thoughts, and the devices which ye wrongfully imagine against me.
28Â For ye say, Where is the house of the prince? and where are the dwelling places of the wicked?
29Â Have ye not asked them that go by the way? and do ye not know their tokens,
30Â That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.
31Â Who shall declare his way to his face? and who shall repay him what he hath done?
32Â Yet shall he be brought to the grave, and shall remain in the tomb.
33Â The clods of the valley shall be sweet unto him, and every man shall draw after him, as there are innumerable before him.
34Â How then comfort ye me in vain, seeing in your answers there remaineth falsehood?
22Â Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said,
2Â Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself?
3Â Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
4Â Will he reprove thee for fear of thee? will he enter with thee into judgment?
5Â Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?
6Â For thou hast taken a pledge from thy brother for nought, and stripped the naked of their clothing.
7Â Thou hast not given water to the weary to drink, and thou hast withholden bread from the hungry.
8Â But as for the mighty man, he had the earth; and the honourable man dwelt in it.
9Â Thou hast sent widows away empty, and the arms of the fatherless have been broken.
10Â Therefore snares are round about thee, and sudden fear troubleth thee;
11Â Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee.
12Â Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!
13Â And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud?
14Â Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven.
15Â Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden?
16Â Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood:
17Â Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
18Â Yet he filled their houses with good things: but the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
19Â The righteous see it, and are glad: and the innocent laugh them to scorn.
20Â Whereas our substance is not cut down, but the remnant of them the fire consumeth.
21Â Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.
22Â Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.
23Â If thou return to the Almighty, thou shalt be built up, thou shalt put away iniquity far from thy tabernacles.
24Â Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks.
25Â Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.
26Â For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.
27Â Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows.
28Â Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.
29Â When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.
30Â He shall deliver the island of the innocent: and it is delivered by the pureness of thine hands.