Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
because I am greatly disturbed.
but now my spirit prompts me to reply.
ever since people were first placed on the earth,
and the joy of the godless has been only temporary?
and their heads touch the clouds,
thrown away like their own dung.
Those who knew them will ask,
‘Where are they?’
They will vanish like a vision in the night.
Their families will never see them again.
for they must give back their stolen riches.
their bones will lie in the dust.
letting it melt under their tongue.
holding it long in their mouths.
a poisonous venom in their stomach.
God won’t let them keep it down.
The viper will kill them.
or rivers of milk and honey.
Their wealth will bring them no joy.
They foreclosed on their homes.
Nothing remains of all the things they dreamed about.
Therefore, their prosperity will not endure.
and be overcome by misery.
May God rain down his anger upon them.
a bronze-tipped arrow will pierce them.
and the arrowhead glistens with blood.*
The terrors of death are upon them.
A wildfire will devour their goods,
consuming all they have left.
and the earth will testify against them.
God’s anger will descend on them in torrents.
It is the inheritance decreed by God.”
20:25 Hebrew with gall.
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