- And Zophar the Naamathite answereth and saith: —
- Therefore my thoughts cause me to answer, And because of my sensations in me.
- The chastisement of my shame I hear, And the spirit of mine understanding Doth cause me to answer:
- This hast thou known from antiquity? Since the placing of man on earth?
- That the singing of the wicked [is] short, And the joy of the profane for a moment,
- Though his excellency go up to the heavens, And his head against a cloud he strike —
- As his own dung for ever he doth perish, His beholders say: `Where [is] he?'
- As a dream he fleeth, and they find him not, And he is driven away as a vision of the night,
- The eye hath not seen him, and addeth not.
And not again doth his place behold him.
- His sons do the poor oppress, And his hands give back his wealth.
- His bones have been full of his youth, And with him on the dust it lieth down.
- Though he doth sweeten evil in his mouth, Doth hide it under his tongue,
- Hath pity on it, and doth not forsake it, And keep it back in the midst of his palate,
- His food in his bowels is turned, The bitterness of asps [is] in his heart.
- Wealth he hath swallowed, and doth vomit it.
From his belly God driveth it out.
- Gall of asps he sucketh, Slay him doth the tongue of a viper.
- He looketh not on rivulets, Flowing of brooks of honey and butter.
- He is giving back [what] he laboured for, And doth not consume [it];
As a bulwark [is] his exchange, and he exults not.
- For he oppressed — he forsook the poor, A house he hath taken violently away, And he doth not build it.
- For he hath not known ease in his belly.
With his desirable thing he delivereth not himself.
- There is not a remnant to his food, Therefore his good doth not stay.
- In the fulness of his sufficiency he is straitened.
Every perverse hand doth meet him.
- It cometh to pass, at the filling of his belly, He sendeth forth against him The fierceness of His anger, Yea, He raineth on him in his eating.
- He fleeth from an iron weapon, Pass through him doth a bow of brass.
- One hath drawn, And it cometh out from the body, And a glittering weapon from his gall proceedeth.
On him [are] terrors.
- All darkness is hid for his treasures, Consume him doth a fire not blown, Broken is the remnant in his tent.
- Reveal do the heavens his iniquity, And earth is raising itself against him.
- Remove doth the increase of his house, Poured forth in a day of His anger.
- This [is] the portion of a wicked man from God.
And an inheritance appointed him by God.