"I will tell you, listen to me; And what I have seen I will also declare;
18Whatwisemen have told, And have not concealed from 1their fathers,
To whomalone the land was given, And noalienpassedamong them.
"The wickedmanwrithes2in painall his days, And anumbered are the years3stored up for the ruthless.
"bSounds of 4terror are in his ears; 5While at peace the destroyercomes upon him.
"He does not believe that he will 6return from darkness, And he is destined for 7the sword.
"He wanders about for food, saying, 'Where is it?' He knows that a day of 8darkness is cat hand.
24"Distress and anguishterrify him, They overpower him like a kingready for the attack,
25Because he has stretched out his handagainstGod And conducts himself 9arrogantlyagainstdthe Almighty.
"He rusheseheadlong at Him With fhis massiveshield.
"For he has 10covered his face with his fat And made his thighsheavy with flesh.
"He has 11lived in desolatecities, In housesno one would inhabit, Which are destined to become gruins.
"He 12will not becomerich, nor will his wealthendure; And his grain will not benddown to the ground.
"He will 13not hescape from darkness; The 14flame will wither his shoots, And by 15the breath of His mouth he will goaway.
"Let him not 16trust in emptiness, deceiving himself; For emptiness will be his ireward.
"It will be accomplished17before his time, And his palm18branch will not be green.
"He will dropoff his unripegrape like the vine, And will 19castoff his flower like the olivetree.
"For the company of 20the godless is barren, And fireconsumes21the tents of jthe corrupt.
"They 22conceivekmischief and bringforthiniquity, And their lmindpreparesdeception."