JOB 20

1 Then answered [Tzophar the Na'amati], and said,

Na'amati was a female descendant of Cain

And Zillah,‭ ‬she also bare Tubal-cain,‭ ‬an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron:‭ ‬and the sister of Tubal-cain‭ ‬was Naamah - Gen 4: 22

1 Then answered [Tzophar the Na'amati], and said,

2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this [ ba'avur (because of [this])] I make haste.

3 I have heard the check of my reproach [the musar that insults me], and the spirit [ ruach] of my understanding causeth me to answer.

4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man [adam] was placed upon earth,

... the original Hebrew does not translate v. 4 as a question ("knowest thou not this?") but as in ch. 11:6 -- "Know therefore!" which accords with Zophar's dictatorial opinionatedness that he reveals throughout the debates, condemning Job from blind prejudice, ignoring any need for evidence.**

5 That the triumphing of the wicked [resha'im] is short, and the joy of the hypocrite [simchat chanef] but for a moment?

This chapter gives the second address by Zophar and as evident in his first address his words were now far coarser and more stinging than those of Eliphaz and Bildad. His continuing discourse shows that he really didn't understand what Job had answered, nor why he was so suffering, and his words are as though he is shouting them at Job to try to cover his ignorance.**

6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;

7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

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.

9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.

11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

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

Bread of deceit is sweet to a man;

But afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel - Prov 20:17

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

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

16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

18 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.

19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.

21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

23 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.

24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

26 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.

27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

29 This is the portion of a wicked man [ chelek of an adam rasha] from [Elohim], and the heritage appointed [nachalah decreed] unto him by El.