|Then Zophar the Na'amathite answered:||Zophar. Jb.20.1-29|
|"Therefore my thoughts answer me, |
because of my haste within me.
|I hear censure which insults me, |
and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.
|Do you not know this from of old,|
since man was placed upon earth,
|that the exulting of the wicked is short, |
and the joy of the godless but for a moment?
|Though his height mount up to the heavens, |
and his head reach to the clouds,
|he will perish for ever like his own dung; |
those who have seen him will say, 'Where is he?'
|He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; |
he will be chased away like a vision of the night.
|The eye which saw him will see him no more, |
nor will his place any more behold him.
|His children will seek the favor of the poor, |
and his hands will give back his wealth.
|His bones are full of youthful vigor, |
but it will lie down with him in the dust.
|"Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, |
though he hides it under his tongue,
|though he is loath to let it go, |
and holds it in his mouth,
|yet his food is turned in his stomach;|
it is the gall of asps within him.
|He swallows down riches and vomits them up again; |
God casts them out of his belly.
|He will suck the poison of asps;|
the tongue of a viper will kill him.
|He will not look upon the rivers,|
the streams flowing with honey and curds.
|He will give back the fruit of his toil, and will not swallow it down; |
from the profit of his trading he will get no enjoyment.
|For he has crushed and abandoned the poor, |
he has seized a house which he did not build.
|"Because his greed knew no rest, |
he will not save anything in which he delights.
|There was nothing left after he had eaten; |
therefore his prosperity will not endure.
|In the fulness of his sufficiency he will be in straits; |
all the force of misery will come upon him.
|To fill his belly to the full |
God will send his fierce anger into him,
and rain it upon him as his food.
|He will flee from an iron weapon; |
a bronze arrow will strike him through.
|It is drawn forth and comes out of his body,|
the glittering point comes out of his gall;
terrors come upon him.
|Utter darkness is laid up for his treasures; |
a fire not blown upon will devour him;
what is left in his tent will be consumed.
|The heavens will reveal his iniquity, |
and the earth will rise up against him.
|The possessions of his house will be carried away, |
dragged off in the day of God's wrath.
|This is the wicked man's portion from God, |
the heritage decreed for him by God."
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