Zophar Says, ``The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short"

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
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    • a 20:1 - Lit "answered and said"
      2 "Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond, Even because of my inward agitation.
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        • b 20:2 - Lit "return"
        • c 20:2 - Lit "haste within me"
          3 "I listened to 1the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
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          4 "Do you know this from 2of old, From the establishment of man on earth,
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          5 That the 3triumphing of the wicked is short, And 4the joy of the godless momentary *?
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          6 "Though his loftiness 5reaches the heavens, And his head touches the clouds,
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          7 He 6perishes forever like his refuse; Those who have seen him 7will say, 'Where is he?'
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          8 "He flies away like a 8dream, and they cannot find him; Even like a vision of the night he is 9chased away.
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          9 "The 10eye which saw him sees him no longer, And 11his place no longer beholds him.
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          10 "His 12sons favor the poor, And his hands 13give back his wealth.
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            • e 20:10 - Or "seek the favor of"
              11 "His 14bones are full of his youthful vigor, But it lies down with him in the dust.
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              12 "Though 15evil is sweet in his mouth And he hides it under his tongue,
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              13 Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it 16in his mouth,
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                • g 20:13 - Lit "has compassion on"
                • h 20:13 - Lit "palate"
                  14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.
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                      15 "He swallows riches, But will 17vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly.
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                      16 "He sucks 18the poison of cobras; The viper's tongue slays him.
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                      17 "He does not look at 19the streams, The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
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                      18 "He 20returns what he has attained And cannot swallow it; As to the riches of his trading, He cannot even enjoy them.
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                      19 "For he has 21oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has seized a house which he has not built.
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                      20 "Because he knew no quiet within him, He does 22not retain anything he desires.
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                      21 "Nothing remains for him to devour, Therefore * 23his prosperity does not endure.
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                        • k 20:21 - Or "of what he devours"
                          22 "In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped; The 24hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
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                          23 "When he 25fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will 26rain it on him while he is eating.
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                          24 "He may 27flee from the iron weapon, But the bronze bow will pierce him.
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                          25 "It is drawn forth and comes out of his back, Even the glittering point from 28his gall. 29Terrors come upon him,
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                          26 Complete 30darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned 31fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent.
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                          27 "The 32heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.
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                          28 "The 33increase of his house will depart; His possessions will flow away 34in the day of His anger.
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                          29 "This is the wicked man's 35portion from God, Even the heritage decreed to him by God."
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