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1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite and saide,

2 Doubtles my thoughts cause me to answere, and therefore I make haste.

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

4 Knowest thou not this of olde? and since God placed man vpon the earth,

5 That the reioycing of the wicked is short, and that the ioy of hypocrites is but a moment?

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

7 Yet shall hee perish for euer, like his dung, and they which haue seene him, shall say, Where is hee?

8 He shal flee away as a dreame, and they shal not finde him, and shall passe away as a vision of the night,

9 So that the eye which had seene him, shall do so no more, & his place shal see him no more.

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

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

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

13 And fauoured it, and would not forsake it, but kept it close in his mouth,

14 Then his meat in his bowels was turned: the gall of Aspes was in the middes of him.

15 He hath deuoured substance, and hee shall vomit it: for God shall drawe it out of his bellie.

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

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

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].

19 For he hath vndone many: he hath forsaken the poore, and hath spoyled houses which he builded not.

20 Surely he shall feele no quietnes in his bodie, neither shall he reserue of that which he desired.

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

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

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.

24 He shall flee from the yron weapons, and the bow of steele shal strike him through.

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

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.

27 The heauen shal declare his wickednes, & the earth shal rise vp against him.

28 The increase of his house shall depart, [and 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.