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20:1 And Zophar the Naamathite answereth and saith: --
20:2 Therefore my thoughts cause me to answer, And because of my sensations in me.
20:3 The chastisement of my shame I hear, And the spirit of mine understanding Doth cause me to answer:
20:4 This hast thou known from antiquity? Since the placing of man on earth?
20:5 That the singing of the wicked `is' short, And the joy of the profane for a moment,
20:6 Though his excellency go up to the heavens, And his head against a cloud he strike --
20:7 As his own dung for ever he doth perish, His beholders say: `Where `is' he?'
20:8 As a dream he fleeth, and they find him not, And he is driven away as a vision of the night,
20:9 The eye hath not seen him, and addeth not. And not again doth his place behold him.
20:10 His sons do the poor oppress, And his hands give back his wealth.
20:11 His bones have been full of his youth, And with him on the dust it lieth down.
20:12 Though he doth sweeten evil in his mouth, Doth hide it under his tongue,
20:13 Hath pity on it, and doth not forsake it, And keep it back in the midst of his palate,
20:14 His food in his bowels is turned, The bitterness of asps `is' in his heart.
20:15 Wealth he hath swallowed, and doth vomit it. From his belly God driveth it out.
20:16 Gall of asps he sucketh, Slay him doth the tongue of a viper.
20:17 He looketh not on rivulets, Flowing of brooks of honey and butter.
20:18 He is giving back `what' he laboured for, And doth not consume `it'; As a bulwark `is' his exchange, and he exults not.
20:19 For he oppressed -- he forsook the poor, A house he hath taken violently away, And he doth not build it.
20:20 For he hath not known ease in his belly. With his desirable thing he delivereth not himself.
20:21 There is not a remnant to his food, Therefore his good doth not stay.
20:22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he is straitened. Every perverse hand doth meet him.
20:23 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.
20:24 He fleeth from an iron weapon, Pass through him doth a bow of brass.
20:25 One hath drawn, And it cometh out from the body, And a glittering weapon from his gall proceedeth. On him `are' terrors.
20:26 All darkness is hid for his treasures, Consume him doth a fire not blown, Broken is the remnant in his tent.
20:27 Reveal do the heavens his iniquity, And earth is raising itself against him.
20:28 Remove doth the increase of his house, Poured forth in a day of His anger.
20:29 This `is' the portion of a wicked man from God. And an inheritance appointed him by God.
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