- Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said,
- For this cause my thoughts are troubling me and driving me on.
- I have to give ear to arguments which put me to shame, and your answers to me are wind without wisdom.
- Have you knowledge of this from early times, when man was placed on the earth,
- That the pride of the sinner is short, and the joy of the evil-doer but for a minute?
- Though he is lifted up to the heavens, and his head goes up to the clouds;
- Like the waste from his body he comes to an end for ever: those who have seen him say, Where is he?
- He is gone like a dream, and is not seen again;
he goes in flight like a vision of the night.
- The eye which saw him sees him no longer;
and his place has no more knowledge of him.
- His children are hoping that the poor will be kind to them, and his hands give back his wealth.
- His bones are full of young strength, but it will go down with him into the dust.
- Though evil-doing is sweet in his mouth, and he keeps it secretly under his tongue;
- Though he takes care of it, and does not let it go, but keeps it still in his mouth;
- His food becomes bitter in his stomach;
the poison of snakes is inside him.
- He takes down wealth as food, and sends it up again;
it is forced out of his stomach by God.
- He takes the poison of snakes into his mouth, the tongue of the snake is the cause of his death.
- Let him not see the rivers of oil, the streams of honey and milk.
- He is forced to give back the fruit of his work, and may not take it for food;
he has no joy in the profit of his trading.
- Because he has been cruel to the poor, turning away from them in their trouble;
because he has taken a house by force which he did not put up;
- There is no peace for him in his wealth, and no salvation for him in those things in which he took delight.
- He had never enough for his desire;
for this cause his well-being will quickly come to an end.
- Even when his wealth is great, he is full of care, for the hand of everyone who is in trouble is turned against him.
- God gives him his desire, and sends the heat of his wrath on him, making it come down on him like rain.
- He may go in flight from the iron spear, but the arrow from the bow of brass will go through him;
- He is pulling it out, and it comes out of his back;
and its shining point comes out of his side;
he is overcome by fears.
- All his wealth is stored up for the dark: a fire not made by man sends destruction on him, and on everything in his tent.
- The heavens make clear his sin, and the earth gives witness against him.
- The produce of his house is taken away into another country, like things given into the hands of others in the day of wrath.
- This is the reward of the evil man, and the heritage given to him by God.