Zophar's Second Speech

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite (a)answered,

1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite(A) replied:

1 Then Zophar from Naamath replied:

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

2 “Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me (b)respond,Even because of my (c)inward agitation.

2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

2 This is why my unsettling thoughts compel me to answer,because I am upset!(a)

2 "Therefore my anxious thoughts cause me to answer because I'm agitated within me.

2 “Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me answer,Because of the uneasiness that is within me.

3 “I listened to (A)the reproof which insults me,And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

3 I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

3 I have heard a rebuke that insults me,and my understanding(b) makes me reply.(B)

3 Whenever I hear an insulting rebuke, I respond from my spirit because I understand."

3 “I have heard the reproof which insults me,But the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

A Wicked Person's Joy Is Short, His Pain Long

4 “Do you know this from (B)of old,From the establishment of man on earth,

4 Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,

4 Don’t you know that ever since antiquity,from the time man was placed on earth,

4 "Haven't you known this from ancient times, since mankind was placed on the earth?

4 “Do you not know this from the old days,Since the time that man was placed on the earth,

5 That the (C)triumphing of the wicked is short,And (D)the joy of the godless momentary?

5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

5 the joy of the wicked has been briefand the happiness of the godless has lasted only a moment?(C)

5 The wicked triumph only briefly; the joy of the godless is momentary.

5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short,And the joy of the godless is only for a moment?(A)

6 “Though his loftiness (d)(E)reaches the heavens,And his head touches the clouds,

6 Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;

6 Though his arrogance reaches heaven,and his head touches the clouds,(D)

6 Though he grow as tall as the sky, or though his head touches the clouds,

6 “Though his pride reaches the heavensAnd his head touches the clouds,

7 He (F)perishes forever like his refuse;Those who have seen him (G)will say, ‘Where is he?’

7 Yet he shall perish for ever like his own dung: they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?

7 he will vanish forever like his own dung.Those who know(c) him will ask, “Where is he?”(E)

7 he'll perish forever, like his own excrement; those who saw him will ask, "Where is he?'

7 Yet he perishes forever like his own refuse;Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

8 “He flies away like a (H)dream, and they cannot find him;Even like a vision of the night he is (I)chased away.

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.

8 He will fly away like a dream and never be found;he will be chased away like a vision in the night.(F)

8 He'll vanish like a dream, and no one will find him; he will be chased away like a night vision."

8 “He flies away like a dream and cannot be found;Yes, he is chased away like a vision of the night.

9 “The (J)eye which saw him sees him no longer,And (K)his place no longer beholds him.

9 The eye also which saw him shall see him no more; neither shall his place any more behold him.

9 The eye that saw him will see him no more,(G)and his household will no longer see him.(H)

9 "An eye that gazes at him won't do so again; and his place won't even recognize him.

9 “The eye which saw him sees him no longer,Neither does his [accustomed] place behold him any longer.

10 “His (L)sons (e)favor the poor,And his hands (M)give back his wealth.

10 His children shall seek to please the poor, and his hands shall restore their goods.

10 His children will beg from(d) the poor,for his own hands must give back his wealth.

10 His sons will make amends to the poor; their hands will return his wealth.

10 “His sons favor the poor [and pay his obligations],And his hands give back his [ill-gotten] wealth.

11 “His (N)bones are full of his youthful vigor,But it lies down with him (f)in the dust.

11 His bones are full of the sin of his youth, which shall lie down with him in the dust.

11 His bones may be full of youthful vigor,but will lie down with him in the grave.(I)

11 Though his bones were full of youthful vigor; yet they will lie down with him in the dust.

11 “His bones are full of youthful strengthBut it lies down with him in the dust.

12 “Though (O)evil is sweet in his mouthAnd he hides it under his tongue,

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue;

12 Though evil tastes sweet in his mouthand he conceals it under his tongue,

12 Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth, though he conceals it under his tongue,

12 “Though evil and wickedness are sweet in his mouthAnd he hides it under his tongue,

13 Though he (g)desires it and will not let it go,But holds it (P)in his (h)mouth,

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

13 though he cherishes it and will not let it gobut keeps it in his mouth,(J)

13 though he savors it and delays swallowing it so he can taste it again and again in his mouth,

13 Though he desires it and will not let it goBut holds it in his mouth,

14 Yet his food in his stomach is changedTo the (i)venom of cobras within him.

14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

14 yet the food in his stomach turnsinto cobras’ venom inside him.

14 his food will turn rancid in his stomach it will become a cobra's poison inside him.

14 Yet his food turns [to poison] in his stomach;It is the venom of vipers within him.

15 “He swallows riches,But will (Q)vomit them up;God will expel them from his belly.

15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.

15 He swallows wealth but must vomit it up;God will force it from his stomach.

15 "Though he swallows wealth, he will vomit it; God will dislodge it from his stomach.

15 “He swallows [his ill-gotten] riches,But will vomit them up;God will drive them out of his belly.

16 “He sucks (R)the poison of cobras;The viper’s tongue slays him.

16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

16 He will suck the poison of cobras;a viper’s fangs(e) will kill him.(K)

16 He will suck the poison of cobras; the fangs of a viper will slay him.

16 “He sucks the poison of vipers [which ill-gotten wealth contains];The viper’s tongue slays him.

17 “He does not look at (S)the streams,The rivers flowing with honey and curds.

17 He shall not see the rivers, the floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

17 He will not enjoy the streams,the rivers flowing with honey and cream.(L)

17 He won't look at the rivers the torrents of honey and curd.

17 “He does not look at the rivers,The flowing streams of honey and butter [to enjoy his wealth].

18 “He (T)returns what he has attainedAnd cannot swallow it;As to the riches of his trading,He cannot even enjoy them.

18 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 rejoice therein.

18 He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it;he doesn’t enjoy the profits from his trading.

18 "He will restore what he has attained from his work and won't consume it; he won't enjoy the profits from his business transactions,

18 “He gives back what he has labored for and attainedAnd cannot swallow it [down to enjoy it];As to the riches of his labor,He cannot even enjoy them.

19 “For he has (U)oppressed and forsaken the poor;He has seized a house which he has not built.

19 Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently taken away an house which he builded not;

19 For he oppressed and abandoned the poor;he seized a house he did not build.(M)

19 because he has crushed and abandoned the poor; he has seized a house that he didn't build.

19 “For he has oppressed and neglected the poor;He has violently taken away houses which he did not build.

20 “Because he knew no quiet (j)within him,He does (V)not retain anything he desires.

20 Surely he shall not feel quietness in his belly, he shall not save of that which he desired.

20 Because his appetite is never satisfied,(f)he does not let anything he desires escape.

20 "Since his appetite won't quit; he won't let anything escape his lust.

20 “Because he knew no quietness or calm within him [because of his greed],He does not retain anything he desires.

21 “Nothing remains (k)for him to devour,Therefore (W)his prosperity does not endure.

21 There shall none of his meat be left; therefore shall no man look for his goods.

21 Nothing is left for him to consume;(N)therefore, his prosperity will not last.

21 Because nothing was left for him to devour, therefore his prosperity won't last.

21 “There is nothing left of what he devoured;Therefore his prosperity does not endure.

22 “In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;The (X)hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.

22 In the fulness of his sufficiency he shall be in straits: every hand of the wicked shall come upon him.

22 At the height of his success(g) distress will come to him;(O)the full weight of misery(h) will crush him.

22 Even though he is satiated and self-sufficient, he suffers everyone in any sort of trouble will attack him.

22 “In the fullness of his excess (great abundance) he will be in trouble;The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him [he is miserable on every side].

23 “When he (Y)fills his belly,God will send His fierce anger on himAnd will (Z)rain it on him (l)while he is eating.

23 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.

23 When he fills his stomach,God will send His burning anger against him,raining(P) it down on him while he is eating.(i)

23 "It will come about that, when he has filled himself to the full, God will vent his burning anger on him; he will pour it out on him and on his body.

23 “When he fills his belly,God will send His fierce anger on himAnd will rain it upon him while he is eating.(B)

24 “He may (AA)flee from the iron weapon,But the bronze bow will pierce him.

24 He shall flee from the iron weapon, and the bow of steel shall strike him through.

24 If he flees from an iron weapon,an arrow from a bronze bow will pierce him.

24 Though he dodges an iron weapon, a bronze arrow will pierce him.

24 “He may flee from the iron weapon,But the bow of bronze will pierce him through.

25 “It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,Even the glittering point from (AB)his gall.(AC)Terrors come upon him,

25 It is drawn, and cometh out of the body; yea, the glittering sword cometh out of his gall: terrors are upon him.

25 He pulls it out of his back,the flashing tip out of his liver.(j)Terrors come over him.(Q)

25 It will impale him and come out through his back; the point will glisten as it protrudes through his gall bladder, and he will be terrified.

25 “The arrow is drawn forth and it comes out of his back [after passing through his body];Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall.Terrors march in upon him;

26 Complete (AD)darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,And unfanned (AE)fire will devour him;It will consume the survivor in his tent.

26 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.

26 Total darkness is reserved for his treasures.A fire unfanned by human hands will consume(R) him;it will feed on what is left in his tent.

26 "Total darkness has been reserved for his treasures; a fire that has no need to be kindled will devour him and consume whatever remains in his possession.

26 Complete darkness (misfortune) is held in reserve for his treasures.An unfanned fire will devour him;It will consume the survivor in his tent.

27 “The (AF)heavens will reveal his iniquity,And the earth will rise up against him.

27 The heaven shall reveal his iniquity; and the earth shall rise up against him.

27 The heavens will expose his iniquity,(S)and the earth will rise up against him.(T)

27 Heaven will reveal his iniquity, while the earth will rise up against him.

27 “The heavens will reveal his wickedness and guilt,And the earth will rise up against him.

28 “The (AG)increase of his house will depart;His possessions will flow away (AH)in the day of His anger.

28 The increase of his house shall depart, and his goods shall flow away in the day of his wrath.

28 The possessions in his house will be removed,flowing away on the day of God’s anger.

28 A flood will wash away his house; dragging it away when God becomes angry.

28 “The produce and increase of his house will depart [with the victors];His possessions will be dragged away in the day of God’s wrath.

29 “This is the wicked man’s (AI)portion from God,Even the heritage decreed to him by God.”

29 This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God.

29 This is the wicked man’s lot(U) from God,the inheritance God ordained for him.

29 This is what the wicked person inherits from God; it is the inheritance that God appoints for him."

29 “This is the wicked man’s portion from God,And the heritage decreed and appointed to him by God.”

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