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