1: Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
2: "Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of my haste that is in me.
3: I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me.
4: Don't you know this from old time, since man was placed on earth,
5: that the triumphing of the wicked is short, the joy of the godless but for a moment?
6: Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
7: yet he shall perish forever like his own dung. Those who have seen him shall say, 'Where is he?'
8: He shall fly away as a dream, and shall not be found. Yes, he shall be chased away like a vision of the night.
9: The eye which saw him shall see him no more, neither shall his place any more see him.
10: His children shall seek the favor of the poor. His hands shall give back his wealth.
11: His bones are full of his youth, but youth shall lie down with him in the dust.
12: "Though wickedness is 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 cobra venom within him.
15: He has swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again. God will cast them out of his belly.
16: He shall suck cobra venom. The viper's tongue shall kill him.
17: He shall not look at the rivers, the flowing streams of honey and butter.
18: That for which he labored he shall restore, and shall not swallow it down. According to the substance that he has gotten, he shall not rejoice.
19: For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor. He has violently taken away a house, and he shall not build it up.
20: "Because he knew no quietness within him, he shall not save anything of that in which he delights.
21: There was nothing left that he didn't devour, therefore his prosperity shall not endure.
22: In the fullness of his sufficiency, distress shall overtake him. The hand of everyone who is in misery shall come on him.
23: When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.
24: He shall flee from the iron weapon. The bronze arrow shall strike him through.
25: He draws it forth, and it comes out of his body. Yes, the glittering point comes out of his liver. Terrors are on him.
26: All darkness is laid up for his treasures. An unfanned fire shall devour him. It shall consume that which is left in his tent.
27: The heavens shall reveal his iniquity. The earth shall rise up against him.
28: The increase of his house shall depart. They shall rush away in the day of his wrath.
29: This is the portion of a wicked man from God, the heritage appointed to him by God."