Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer

20 Then (A)Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

“Therefore my (B)thoughts answer me,
    because of my haste within me.
I hear censure that insults me,
    and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
Do you not know this from of old,
    (C)since man was placed on earth,
(D)that the exulting of the wicked is short,
    and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
(E)Though his height mount up to the heavens,
    and his head reach to the clouds,
he will perish forever like his own (F)dung;
    those who have seen him will say, (G)‘Where is he?’
He will fly away like (H)a dream and not be found;
    he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
(I)The eye that saw him will see him no more,
    nor will his place any more behold him.
10 His children will seek the favor of the poor,
    and his hands will (J)give back his wealth.
11 His bones are full of his (K)youthful vigor,
    but it will lie (L)down with him in the dust.

12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,
    though he hides it (M)under his tongue,
13 though he is loath to let it go
    and holds it in his mouth,
14 yet his food is turned in his stomach;
    it is the venom of (N)cobras within him.
15 He swallows down riches and vomits them up again;
    God casts them out of his belly.
16 He will suck the poison of cobras;
    (O)the tongue of a viper will kill him.
17 He will not look upon (P)the rivers,
    the streams flowing with (Q)honey and (R)curds.
18 He will (S)give back the fruit of his toil
    and will not (T)swallow it down;
from the profit of his trading
    he will get no enjoyment.
19 For he has crushed and abandoned the poor;
    he has seized a house that he did not build.

20 “Because he (U)knew no (V)contentment in his belly,
    (W)he will not let anything in which he delights escape him.
21 There was nothing left after he had eaten;
    therefore his prosperity will not endure.
22 In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in distress;
    the hand of everyone in misery will come against him.
23 To fill his belly to the full,
    God[a] will send his burning anger against him
    and rain it upon him (X)into his body.
24 (Y)He will flee from an iron weapon;
    (Z)a bronze arrow will strike (AA)him through.
25 It (AB)is drawn forth and comes out of his body;
    (AC)the glittering point comes out of his (AD)gallbladder;
    (AE)terrors come upon him.
26 Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures;
    (AF)a fire not fanned will devour him;
    what is left in his tent will be consumed.
27 (AG)The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
    and the earth will rise up against him.
28 The possessions of his house will be carried away,
    dragged off in the day of God's[b] wrath.
29 (AH)This is the wicked man's portion from God,
    (AI)the heritage decreed for him by God.”


  1. Job 20:23 Hebrew he
  2. Job 20:28 Hebrew his

Job Replies: The Wicked Do Prosper

21 Then Job answered and said:

(A)“Keep listening to my words,
    and let this be your comfort.
Bear with me, and I will speak,
    and after I have spoken, (B)mock on.
As for me, is my (C)complaint against man?
    Why should I not be impatient?
Look at me and be appalled,
    and (D)lay your hand over your mouth.
When I remember, I am dismayed,
    and shuddering seizes my flesh.
(E)Why do the wicked live,
    reach old age, and grow mighty in power?
Their (F)offspring are established in their presence,
    and their descendants before their eyes.
Their houses are (G)safe from fear,
    and (H)no rod of God is upon them.
10 Their bull breeds without fail;
    their cow calves and (I)does not miscarry.
11 They send out their (J)little boys like a flock,
    and their children dance.
12 They sing to (K)the tambourine and (L)the lyre
    and rejoice to the sound of (M)the pipe.
13 They (N)spend their days in prosperity,
    and in (O)peace they go down to (P)Sheol.
14 They say to God, (Q)‘Depart from us!
    We do not desire the knowledge of your ways.
15 (R)What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
    And what (S)profit do we get if we pray to him?’
16 Behold, is not their prosperity in their hand?
    (T)The counsel of the wicked is far from me.

17 “How often is it that (U)the lamp of the wicked is put out?
    That their calamity comes upon them?
    That God[a] distributes pains in his anger?
18 That they are like (V)straw before the wind,
    and like (W)chaff that the storm carries away?
19 You say, ‘God (X)stores up their iniquity for their (Y)children.’
    Let him pay it out to them, that they may (Z)know it.
20 Let their own eyes see their destruction,
    and let them (AA)drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what do they care for their houses after them,
    when (AB)the number of their months is cut off?
22 (AC)Will any teach God knowledge,
    seeing that he (AD)judges those who are on high?
23 One dies in his full vigor,
    being wholly at ease and secure,
24 his pails[b] full of milk
    and (AE)the marrow of his bones moist.
25 Another dies in (AF)bitterness of soul,
    never having tasted of prosperity.
26 They (AG)lie down alike in the dust,
    and (AH)the worms cover them.

27 “Behold, I know your thoughts
    and your schemes to wrong me.
28 For you say, (AI)‘Where is the house of the prince?
    Where is (AJ)the tent in which the wicked lived?’
29 Have you not asked those who travel the roads,
    and do you not accept their testimony
30 that (AK)the evil man is spared in the day of calamity,
    that he is rescued in the day of wrath?
31 Who declares his way (AL)to his face,
    and who (AM)repays him for what he has done?
32 When he is (AN)carried to the grave,
    watch is kept over his tomb.
33 (AO)The clods of the valley are sweet to him;
    (AP)all mankind follows after him,
    and those who go before him are innumerable.
34 How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?
    There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”


  1. Job 21:17 Hebrew he
  2. Job 21:24 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

I Am the True Vine

15 “I am the (A)true vine, and my Father is (B)the vinedresser. (C)Every branch in me that does not bear fruit (D)he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, (E)that it may bear more fruit. Already (F)you are clean (G)because of the word that I have spoken to you. (H)Abide (I)in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; (J)you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that (K)bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me (L)he is thrown away like a branch and withers; (M)and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If (N)you abide in me, and my words abide in you, (O)ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (P)By this my Father is glorified, that you (Q)bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (R)As the Father has loved me, (S)so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 (T)If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as (U)I have kept (V)my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, (W)that my joy may be in you, and that (X)your joy may be full.

12 (Y)“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 (Z)Greater love has no one than this, (AA)that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are (AB)my friends (AC)if you do what I command you. 15 (AD)No longer do I call you servants,[a] for the servant (AE)does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for (AF)all that I have heard from my Father (AG)I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but (AH)I chose you and appointed you that you should go and (AI)bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that (AJ)whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, (AK)so that you will love one another.

The Hatred of the World

18 (AL)“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 (AM)If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because (AN)you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: (AO)‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, (AP)they will also persecute you. (AQ)If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But (AR)all these things they will do to you (AS)on account of my name, (AT)because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, (AU)they would not have been guilty of sin,[b] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 (AV)Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 (AW)If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, (AX)they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have (AY)seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But (AZ)the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: (BA)‘They hated me without a cause.’

26 “But (BB)when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, (BC)he will bear witness about me. 27 And (BD)you also will bear witness, (BE)because you have been with me (BF)from the beginning.


  1. John 15:15 Or bondservants, or slaves (for the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface); likewise for servant later in this verse and in verse 20
  2. John 15:22 Greek they would not have sin; also verse 24

The Angel and the Little Scroll

10 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with (A)a rainbow over his head, and (B)his face was like the sun, and (C)his legs like pillars of fire. (D)He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, (E)like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, (F)“Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land (G)raised his right hand to heaven and swore by (H)him who lives forever and ever, (I)who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that (J)in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, (K)just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, (L)“Take and (M)eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” 10 And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter. 11 And I was told, (N)“You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

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