Then Zophar the Naamathiteaanswered,
2"Therefore my disquietingthoughts make me brespond, Even because of my cinward agitation.
"I listened to 1the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
"Do you knowthis from 2of old, From the establishment of man on earth,
That the 3triumphing of the wicked is short, And 4the joy of the godlessmomentary ?
6"Though his loftinessd5reaches the heavens, And his headtouches the clouds,
He 6perishesforever like his refuse; Those who have seen him 7will say, 'Where is he?'
"He fliesaway like a 8dream, and they cannotfind him; Even like a vision of the night he is 9chasedaway.
"The 10eye which saw him sees him no longer, And 11his placenolongerbeholds him.
"His 12sonsefavor the poor, And his hands13giveback his wealth.
"His 14bones are full of his youthfulvigor, But it liesdown with him fin the dust.
12"Though15evil is sweet in his mouth And he hides it under his tongue,
Though he gdesires it and will not let it go, But holds it 16in his hmouth,
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the ivenom of cobraswithin him.
"He swallowsriches, But will 17vomit them up; God will expel them from his belly.
"He sucks18the poison of cobras; The viper'stongueslays him.
"He does not look at 19the streams, The riversflowing with honey and curds.
"He 20returnswhat he has attained And cannotswallow 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.
20"Because he knewnoquietjwithin him, He does 22not retain anything he desires.
21"Nothingremainskfor him to devour, Therefore23his prosperity does not endure.
"In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped; The 24hand of everyonewhosuffers will come against him.
"When he 25fills his belly, God will send His fierceanger on him And will 26rain it on him lwhile he is eating.
"He may 27flee from the ironweapon, But the bronzebow will pierce him.
"It is drawnforth and comes out of his back, Even the glitteringpoint from 28his gall. 29Terrorscome upon him,
26Complete30darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, And unfanned31fire 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.
29"This is the wickedman's35portion from God, Even the heritagedecreed to him by God."