Zophar's Second Speech Your Words Are Disturbing 20 1Zophar from Naamah[S] said: 2Your words are disturbing; now I must speak. 3You have accused and insulted me, and reason requires a reply. 4Since the time of creation, everyone has known 5that sinful people are happy for only a while. 6Though their pride and power may reach to the sky, 7they will disappear like dust, and those who knew them will wonder what happened. 8 They will be forgotten like a dream 9and vanish from the sight of family and friends. 10Their children will have to repay what the parents took from the poor. 11Indeed, the wicked will die and go to their graves in the prime of life. Sinners Love the Taste of Sin 12Sinners love the taste of sin; they relish every bite 13and swallow it slowly. 14But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs. 15Then God will make them lose the wealth they gobbled up. 16They will die from the fangs of poisonous snakes 17and never enjoy rivers flowing with milk and honey. 18Their hard work will result in nothing gained, 19because they cheated the poor and took their homes. 20Greedy people want everything and are never satisfied.[T] 21But when nothing remains for them to grab, they will be nothing. 22Once they have everything, distress and despair will strike them down, 23and God will make them swallow his blazing anger.[U] 24 While running from iron spears, they will be killed by arrows of bronze, 25whose shining tips go straight through their bodies. They will be trapped by terror, 26and what they treasure most will be lost in the dark. God will send flames to destroy them in their tents with all their property. 27The heavens and the earth will testify against them, 28and all their possessions will be dragged off when God becomes angry. 29This is what God has decided for those who are evil.
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