| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,|
| ||Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me,|
Even 1 by reason of my haste that is in me.
| ||I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame;|
And 2 the spirit of my understanding answereth me.
| ||Knowest thou not this of old time,|
Since man was placed upon earth,
| ||That the triumphing of the wicked is short,|
And the joy of the godless but for a moment?
| ||Though his height mount up to the heavens,|
And his head reach unto the clouds;
| ||Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung:|
They that 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 which saw him shall see him no more;|
Neither shall his place any more behold him.
| ||His 3 children shall seek the favor of the poor,|
And his hands shall give back his wealth.
| ||His bones are full of his youth,|
But it shall lie down with him in the dust.
| ||Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth,|
Though he hide it under his tongue,
| ||Though he spare it, and will not let it go,|
But keep it still within his mouth;
| ||Yet his food 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 will cast them out of his belly.
| ||He shall suck the poison of asps:|
The vipers tongue shall slay him.
| ||He shall not look upon the rivers,|
The flowing streams of honey and butter.
| ||That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down;|
According to the substance that 4 he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.
| ||For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor;|
He hath violently taken away a house, and 5 he shall not build it up.
| ||Because he knew no quietness within 6 him,|
He shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth.
| ||There was nothing left that he devoured not;|
Therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
| ||In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits:|
The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.
| ||When 7 he is about to fill his belly,|
God will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him,
And will rain it upon him while 8 he is eating.
| ||He shall flee from the iron weapon,|
And the bow of brass shall strike him through.
| ||He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body;|
Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall:
Terrors are upon him.
| ||All darkness is laid up for his treasures:|
A fire not blown by man shall devour him;
It 9 shall consume that which is left in his tent.
| ||The heavens shall reveal his iniquity,|
And the earth shall rise up against him.
| ||The increase of his house shall depart;|
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.
|Note 1. Or, And by reason of this my haste is within me. [back]|
|Note 2. Or, But out of my understanding my spirit answereth me. [back]|
|Note 3. Or, as otherwise read, The poor shall oppress his children. [back]|
|Note 4. Heb. of his exchange. [back]|
|Note 5. Or, which he builded not. [back]|
|Note 6. Or, in his greed.Heb. in his belly. [back]|
|Note 7. Or, Let it be for the filling of his belly that God shall cast &c. [back]|
|Note 8. Or, as his food. [back]|
|Note 9. Or, It shall go ill with him that is left. [back]|