he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives,1 houses crumbling to rubble.2
He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure,3 nor will his possessions spread over the land.4
He will not escape the darkness;5 a flame6 will wither his shoots,7 and the breath of God's mouth8 will carry him away.9
Let him not deceive10 himself by trusting what is worthless,11 for he will get nothing in return.12
Before his time13 he will be paid in full,14 and his branches will not flourish.15
He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,16 like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.17
For the company of the godless18 will be barren, and fire will consume19 the tents of those who love bribes.20
They conceive trouble21 and give birth to evil;22 their womb fashions deceit."
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