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Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and saide,
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Therefore doe my thoughts cause mee to answere, and for this I make haste.
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I haue heard the checke of my reproach, and the spirit of my vnderstanding causeth me to answere.
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Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed vpon earth,
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That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the ioy of the hypocrite but for a moment?
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Though his excellencie mount vp to the heauens, and his head reach vnto the clouds:
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Yet he shall perish for euer, like his owne doung: they which haue seene him, shall say, Where is he?
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He shall flie away as a dreame, and shall not be found: yea he shalbe chased away as a vision of the night.
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The eye also which saw him, shall see him no more;
neither shall his place any more behold him.
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His children shall seeke to please the poore, and his hands shall restore their goods.
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His bones are ful of the sinne of his youth, which shall ye downe with him in the dust.
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Though wickednes be sweet in his mouth, though hee hide it vnder his tongue;
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Though he spare it, and forsake it not, but keepe it stil within his mouth:
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Yet his meate in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of Aspes within him.
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He hath swallowed downe riches, and hee shall vomite them vp againe: God shall cast them out of his belly.
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He shall sucke the poison of Aspes: the vipers tongue shall slay him.
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Hee shall not see the riuers, the floods, the brookes of hony and butter.
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That which he laboured for, shall he restore, & shall not swallow it downe: according to his substance shall the restitution bee, and hee shall not reioyce therein.
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Because hee hath oppressed, and hath forsaken the poore;
because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not:
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Surely he shall not feele quietnesse in his belly, hee shall not saue of that which he desired.
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There shall none of his meat be left, therefore shall no man looke for his goods.
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In the fulnesse of his sufficiencie, he shalbe in straites: euery hand of the wicked shall come vpon him.
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When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the furie of his wrath vpon him, and shall raine it vpon him while he is eating.
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He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steele shall strike him through.
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It is drawen, and commeth out of the body;
yea the glistering sword commeth out of his gall;
terrours are vpon him.
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All darknesse shalbe hid in his secret places: a fire not blowen shall consume him;
it shall goe ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
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The heauen shall reueale his iniquitie: and the earth shall rise vp against him.
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The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
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This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed vnto him by God.