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1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of my haste that is in me. 2 "My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
3 I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answereth me. 3 I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 Knowest thou [not] this of old time, Since man was placed upon earth, 4 "Surely you know how it has been from of old, ever since man was placed on the earth,
5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment? 5 that the mirth of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
6 Though his height mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the clouds; 6 Though his pride reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,
7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: They that have seen him shall say, Where is he? 7 he will perish forever, like his own dung; those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
8 He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night. 8 Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
9 The eye which saw him shall see him no more; Neither shall his place any more behold him. 9 The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10 His children shall seek the favor of the poor, And his hands shall give back his wealth. 10 His children must make amends to the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11 His bones are full of his youth, But it shall lie down with him in the dust. 11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, Though he hide it under his tongue, 12 "Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth; 13 though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,
14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him. 14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly. 15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.
16 He shall suck the poison of asps: The viper's tongue shall slay him. 16 He will suck the poison of serpents; the fangs of an adder will kill him.
17 He shall not look upon the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter. 17 He will not enjoy the streams, the rivers flowing with honey and cream.
18 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down; According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice. 18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten; he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.
19 For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor; He hath violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up. 19 For he has oppressed the poor and left them destitute; he has seized houses he did not build.
20 Because he knew no quietness within him, He shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth. 20 "Surely he will have no respite from his craving; he cannot save himself by his treasure.
21 There was nothing left that he devoured not; Therefore his prosperity shall not endure. 21 Nothing is left for him to devour; his prosperity will not endure.
22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him. 22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, And will rain it upon him while he is eating. 23 When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows upon him.
24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, And the bow of brass shall strike him through. 24 Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.
25 He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body; Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall: Terrors are upon him. 25 He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown [by man] shall devour him; It shall consume that which is left in his tent. 26 total darkness lies in wait for his treasures. A fire unfanned will consume him and devour what is left in his tent.
27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, And the earth shall rise up against him. 27 The heavens will expose his guilt; the earth will rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart; [His goods] shall flow away in the day of his wrath. 28 A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of God's wrath.
29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the heritage appointed unto him by God. 29 Such is the fate God allots the wicked, the heritage appointed for them by God."