20:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
20:2 Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, Even by reason of my haste that is in me.
20:3 I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answers me.
20:4 Do you [not] know this of old time, Since man was placed on earth,
20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless but for a moment?
20:6 Though his height mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds;
20:7 Yet he will perish forever like his own dung: Those who have seen him will say, Where is he?
20:8 He will fly away as a dream, and will not be found: Yes, he will be chased away as a vision of the night.
20:9 The eye which saw him will see him no more; Neither will his place anymore look at him.
20:10 His sons will seek the favor of the poor, And his hands will give back his wealth.
20:11 His bones are full of his youth, But it will lie down with him in the dust.
20:12 Though wickedness is sweet in his mouth, Though he hides it under his tongue,
20:13 Though he spares it, and will not let it go, But keeps it still inside his mouth;
20:14 Yet his food in his insides is turned, It is the gall of cobras inside him.
20:15 He has swallowed down riches, and he will vomit them up again; God will cast them out of his belly.
20:16 He will suck the poison of cobras: The viper's tongue will slay him.
20:17 He will not look at the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter.
20:18 That which he labored for he will restore, and will not swallow it down; According to the substance that he has gotten, he will not rejoice.
20:19 For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor; He has violently taken away a house, and he will not build it up.
20:20 Because he knew no quietness inside him, He will not save anything of that in which he delights.
20:21 There was nothing left that he didn't devour; Therefore his prosperity will not endure.
20:22 In the fullness of his sufficiency he will be in straits: The hand of everyone who is in misery will come upon him.
20:23 When he is about to fill his belly, [God] will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him, And will rain it on him while he is eating.
20:24 He will flee from the iron weapon, And the bow of bronze will strike him through.
20:25 He draws it forth, and it comes out of his back; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall: Terrors are on him.
20:26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures: A fire not blown [by man] will devour him; It will consume that which is left in his tent.
20:27 The heavens will reveal his iniquity, And the earth will rise up against him.
20:28 The increase of his house will depart; [His goods] will flow away in the day of his wrath.
20:29 This is the portion of [the] wicked man from God, And the heritage appointed to him by God.
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