Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding
causeth me to answer.
Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite
but for a moment?
Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the
Yet he shall perish for
ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found: yea, he shall be
chased away as a vision of the night.
The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place
any more behold him.
His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore
His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him
in the dust.
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.
He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall
cast them out of his belly.
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.
He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.
That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it
down: according to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not
Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath
violently taken away an house which he builded not;
Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that
which he desired.
There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his
In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of
the wicked shall come upon him.
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath
upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.
He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him
It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh
out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
All darkness shall be hid in his secret places: a fire not blown shall
consume him; it shall go ill with him that is left in his tabernacle.
The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against
The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in
the day of his wrath.
This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed
unto him by God.