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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
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[1]    THEN answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
[2]  Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me,
Even 1 by reason of my haste that is in me.
[3]  I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame;
And 2 the spirit of my understanding answereth me.
[4]  Knowest thou not this of old time,
Since man was placed upon earth,
[5]  That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless but for a moment?
[6]  Though his height mount up to the heavens,
And his head reach unto the clouds;
[7]  Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung:
They that have seen him shall say, Where is he?
[8]  He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found:
Yea, he shall be chased away as a vision of the night.
[9]  The eye which saw him shall see him no more;
Neither shall his place any more behold him.
[10]  His 3 children shall seek the favor of the poor,
And his hands shall give back his wealth.
[11]  His bones are full of his youth,
But it shall lie down with him in the dust.
 
[12]  Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth,
Though he hide it under his tongue,
[13]  Though he spare it, and will not let it go,
But keep it still within his mouth;
[14]  Yet his food in his bowels is turned,
It is the gall of asps within him.
[15]  He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again;
God will cast them out of his belly.
[16]  He shall suck the poison of asps:
The viper’s tongue shall slay him.
[17]  He shall not look upon the rivers,
The flowing streams of honey and butter.
[18]  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.
[19]  For he hath oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He hath violently taken away a house, and 5 he shall not build it up.
 
[20]  Because he knew no quietness within 6 him,
He shall not save aught of that wherein he delighteth.
[21]  There was nothing left that he devoured not;
Therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
[22]  In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits:
The hand of every one that is in misery shall come upon him.
[23]  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.
[24]  He shall flee from the iron weapon,
And the bow of brass shall strike him through.
[25]  He draweth it forth, and it cometh out of his body;
Yea, the glittering point cometh out of his gall:
Terrors are upon him.
[26]  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.
[27]  The heavens shall reveal his iniquity,
And the earth shall rise up against him.
[28]  The increase of his house shall depart;
His goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.
[29]  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]
 

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