20:1 And Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
20:2 Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and for this is my haste within me.
20:3 I hear a reproof putting me to shame; and [my] spirit answereth me by mine understanding.
20:4 Knowest thou [not] this, that of old, since man was placed upon earth,
20:5 The exultation of the wicked is short, and the joy of the ungodly man but for a moment?
20:6 Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds,
20:7 Like his own dung doth he perish for ever; they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?
20:8 He flieth away as a dream, and is not found; and is chased away as a vision of the night.
20:9 The eye which saw him shall [see him] not again; and his place beholdeth him no more.
20:10 His children shall seek the favour of the poor, and his hands restore his wealth.
20:11 His bones were full of his youthful strength; but it shall lie down with him in the dust.
20:12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth [and] he hide it under his tongue,
20:13 [Though] he spare it, and forsake it not, but keep it within his mouth,
20:14 His food is turned in his bowels; it is the gall of asps within him.
20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, but he shall vomit them up again: łGod shall cast them out of his belly.
20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps; the viper's tongue shall kill him.
20:17 He shall not see streams, rivers, brooks of honey and butter.
20:18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and not swallow down; its restitution shall be according to the value, and he shall not rejoice [therein].
20:19 For he hath oppressed, hath forsaken the poor; he hath violently taken away a house that he did not build.
20:20 Because he knew no rest in his craving, he shall save nought of what he most desired.
20:21 Nothing escaped his greediness; therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
20:22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits; every hand of the wretched shall come upon him.
20:23 It shall be that, to fill his belly, he will cast his fierce anger upon him, and will rain it upon him into his flesh.
20:24 If he have fled from the iron weapon, the bow of brass shall strike him through.
20:25 He draweth it forth; it cometh out of his body, and the glittering point out of his gall: terrors are upon him.
20:26 All darkness is laid up for his treasures: a fire not blown shall devour him; it shall feed upon what is left in his tent.
20:27 The heavens shall reveal his iniquity, and the earth shall rise up against him.
20:28 The increase of his house shall depart, flowing away in the day of his anger.
20:29 This is the portion of the wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed to him by łGod.