20 Then aZophar the Naamathite answered and said:
Because of the turmoil within me.
3 I have heard the rebuke 1that reproaches me,
And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.
4 “Do you not know this of bold,
Since man was placed on earth,
5 cThat the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a dmoment?
6 eThough his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens,
And his head reaches to the clouds,
Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8 He will fly away flike a dream, and not be found;
Yes, he gwill be chased away like a vision of the night.
Nor will his place behold him anymore.
And his hands will restore his wealth.
11 His bones are full of hhis youthful vigor,
iBut it will lie down with him in the dust.
And he hides it under his tongue,
But still keeps it in his 2mouth,
It becomes cobra venom within him.
And vomits them up again;
God casts them out of his belly.
The viper’s tongue will slay him.
17 He will not see jthe streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and cream.
And will not swallow it down;
From the proceeds of business
He will get no enjoyment.
19 For he has 3oppressed and forsaken the poor,
He has violently seized a house which he did not build.
He will not save anything he desires.
Therefore his well-being will not last.
Every hand of 5misery will come against him.
God will cast on him the fury of His wrath,
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24 lHe will flee from the iron weapon;
A bronze bow will pierce him through.
nTerrors come upon him;
oAn unfanned fire will consume him;
It shall go ill with him who is left in his tent.
And the earth will rise up against him.
And his goods will flow away in the day of His pwrath.
29 qThis is the portion from God for a wicked man,
The heritage appointed to him by God.”
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