20 Then answered aZophar the Naamathite, and said,
2 Therefore do my bthoughts cause me to answer,
And for this †I make haste.
3 I have heard cthe check of my reproach,
And the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
4 Knowest thou not this dof old,
eSince man was placed upon earth,
5 fThat the gtriumphing of the wicked is †short,
And the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
6 hThough his excellency mount up to the heavens,
And his head reach unto the †clouds;
7 Yet he shall perish ifor ever klike his own dung:
They which have seen him shall say, lWhere is he?
8 He shall fly away mas a dream, and shall not be found:
Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
9 nThe eye also which saw him oshall see him no more;
Neither shall his place any more behold him.
10 ||His children shall seek to please the poor,
And his hands pshall restore their goods.
11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth,
Which qshall lie down with him in the dust.
12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth,
Though he hide it under his tongue;
13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not;
But keep it still †within his mouth:
14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned,
It is the gall of rasps within him.
15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again:
God shall cast them out of his belly.
16 He shall suck rthe poison of asps:
The sviper’s tongue shall slay him.
17 tHe shall not see the rivers,
||The floods, the ubrooks of xhoney and xbutter.
18 That which he laboured for yshall he restore, and shall not zswallow it down:
†According to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.
19 Because he hath †oppressed and hath forsaken the poor;
Because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;
20 Surely he shall not †feel aquietness in his belly,
He shall not save of bthat which he desired.
21 ||There shall none of his meat be left;
Therefore shall no man look for his goods.
22 In the fulness of his csufficiency he shall be in straits:
Every hand of the ||wicked shall come upon him.
23 When he is about to fill his belly,
God shall cast dthe fury of his wrath upon him,
And shall rain it upon him ewhile he is eating.
24 fHe shall flee from the iron weapon,
And gthe bow of steel shall hstrike him through.
25 iIt is drawn, and cometh out of the body;
Yea, jthe glittering sword cometh out of khis gall:
lTerrors are upon him.
26 mAll darkness shall be hid in his nsecret places:
oA fire not blown shall consume him;
It shall go ill with him that is left in his ptabernacle.
27 The qheaven shall reveal his iniquity;
And qthe earth shall rise up against him.
28 The increase of his house shall depart,
And his goods shall rflow away in the day of his wrath.
29 sThis is the tportion of a wicked man from God,
And the heritage †appointed unto him by God.
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