Zophar Says, “The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short”1 Then Zophar the Naamathite ▼
▼ Lit answered and saidanswered, 2 “Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me ▼
▼ Lit returnrespond,
Even because of my ▼
▼ Lit haste within meinward agitation.
3 “I listened to d the reproof which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
4 “Do you know this from e of old,
From the establishment of man on earth,
5 That the f triumphing of the wicked is short,
And g the joy of the godless momentary?
6 “Though his loftiness ▼
▼ Lit goes up to, i reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
7 He j perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him k will say, ‘Where is he?’
8 “He flies away like a l dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is m chased away.
9 “The n eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And o his place no longer beholds him.
10 “His p sons ▼
▼ Or seek the favor offavor the poor,
And his hands r give back his wealth.
11 “His s bones are full of his youthful vigor,
But it lies down with him ▼
▼ Lit onin the dust.
12 “Though u evil is sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he ▼
▼ Lit has compassion ondesires it and will not let it go,
But holds it w in his ▼
▼ Lit palatemouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the ▼
▼ Lit gallvenom of cobras within him.
15 “He swallows riches,
But will z vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16 “He sucks aa the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue slays him.
17 “He does not look at ab the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18 “He ac returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19 “For he has ad oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He has seized a house which he has not built.
20 “Because he knew no quiet ▼
▼ Lit in his bellywithin him,
He does af not retain anything he desires.
21 “Nothing remains ▼
▼ Or of what he devoursfor him to devour,
Therefore ah his prosperity does not endure.
22 “In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;
The ai hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
23 “When he aj fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will ak rain it on him ▼
▼ Or as his foodwhile he is eating.
24 “He may am flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
25 “It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
Even the glittering point from an his gall.
ao Terrors come upon him,
26 Complete ap darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
And unfanned aq fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27 “The ar heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28 “The as increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away at in the day of His anger.
29 “This is the wicked man’s au portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”
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