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20 Then Zophar the Naamathitep replied:
because I am greatly disturbed.q
3 I hear a rebuker that dishonors me,
and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4 “Surely you know how it has been from of old,s
ever since mankinda was placed on the earth,
5 that the mirth of the wickedt is brief,
and his head touches the clouds,y
7 he will perish forever,z like his own dung;
those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’a
his place will look on him no more.f
10 His childreng must make amends to the poor;
his own hands must give back his wealth.h
will lie with him in the dust.k
12 “Though evill is sweet in his mouth
and he hides it under his tongue,m
and lets it linger in his mouth,n
14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach;o
it will become the venom of serpentsp within him.
15 He will spit out the richesq he swallowed;
God will make his stomach vomitr them up.
16 He will suck the poisons of serpents;
the fangs of an adder will kill him.t
18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;x
he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.y
he has seized housesb he did not build.
20 “Surely he will have no respite from his craving;c
he cannot save himself by his treasure.d
his prosperity will not endure.e
22 In the midst of his plenty, distress will overtake him;f
the full force of misery will come upon him.g
23 When he has filled his belly,h
God will vent his burning angeri against him
and rain down his blows on him.j
24 Though he fleesk from an iron weapon,
a bronze-tipped arrow pierces him.l
the gleaming point out of his liver.
26 total darknesso lies in wait for his treasures.
and devour what is left in his tent.r
the earth will rise up against him.s
28 A flood will carry off his house,t
the heritage appointed for them by God.”v
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