Zophar Says the Rejoicing of the Wicked Is Short
1Then Zophar the Naamathite responded,
2“Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me Lit returnrespond,
Even because of my Lit haste within meinward agitation.
3I listened to the reprimand which insults me,
And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
4Do you know this from ancient times,
From the establishment of mankind on earth,
5That the rejoicing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless momentary?
6Though his arrogance Lit goes up toreaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
7He perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him;
Like a vision of the night he is chased away.
9The eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And his place no longer beholds him.
10His sons Or seek the favor offavor the poor,
And his hands give back his wealth.
11His bones are full of his youthful strength,
But it lies down with him Lit onin the dust.
12“Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 Though he Lit spares itdesires it and will not let it go,
But holds it in his Lit palatemouth,
14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the Lit gallvenom of cobras within him.
15He swallows riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16He sucks the poison of cobras;
The viper’s tongue kills him.
17He does not look at the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18He returns the product of his labor
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19For he has oppressed and neglected 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 not retain anything he desires.
21Nothing remains Or of what he devoursfor him to devour,
Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
22In the fullness of his excess he will be cramped;
The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
23When he fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And rain it on him Or as his foodwhile he is eating.
24He may flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
25It is drawn and comes out of his back,
Even the flashing point from his gallbladder;
Terrors come upon him,
26Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
And unfanned fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27The heavens will reveal his guilt,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28The increase of his house will disappear;
His possessions will flow away on the day of His anger.
29This is a wicked person’s portion from God,
The inheritance decreed to him by God.”