He will not escape the darkness;1 a flame2 will wither his shoots,3 and the breath of God's mouth4 will carry him away.5
Let him not deceive6 himself by trusting what is worthless,7 for he will get nothing in return.8
Before his time9 he will be paid in full,10 and his branches will not flourish.11
He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes,12 like an olive tree shedding its blossoms.13
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