Zophar: Death and Hell for the Wicked
1Then Zophar the Naamathite responded and said:
2“In truth, my troubled thoughts urge me to answer because of my feelings within me.
3I hear a rebuke that dishonors me and my understanding inspires me to reply.
4Do you not know that it has been from old, since mankind was put on earth,
5that the triumph of the wicked is short and the joy of the godless is but for a moment?
6Though his pride reaches to the heavens, and his head touches the clouds,
7he perishes forever like his own dung. Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’
8Like a dream, he flies away and they cannot find him; like a vision of the night, he is chased away.
9The eye that saw him will not see him again; his place will look on him no more.
10His children must recompense the poor; his own hands must give back his wealth.
11His bones were full of his youthful vigor but it will lie down with him in the dust.
12Though evil is sweet in his mouth, though he hides it under his tongue,
13though he cannot bear to let it go and holds it in his mouth,
14his food turns sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him.
15He swallows riches and vomits them up; God empties it out of his stomach.
16He sucks the poison of serpents; fangs of a viper kill him.
17He will not look at streams, rivers flowing with honey and butter.
18He gives back what he toiled for without swallowing it; he will not enjoy the riches of his trade.
19For he has oppressed and abandoned the poor. He has seized a house he did not build.
20For he knows no satisfaction from his greed, he cannot save himself by his desires.
21Nothing remains for him to devour; therefore his prosperity will not last.
22In the fullness of his plenty, he will be distressed; the full force of misery will come upon him.
23While he is filling his belly, He will send the anger of His wrath against him, and rain it down it on him, on his flesh.
24Though he flees from an iron weapon, a bronze bow pierces him through.
25He pulls and it comes out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors come upon him!
26Total darkness waits for his treasures; A fire not fanned will devour him; it will consume what is left in his tent.
27The heavens will expose his iniquity; the earth will rise up against him.
28A flood will carry off his house, rushing waters on the day of His wrath.
29Such is the wicked man’s lot from God, the heritage appointed to him by God.”