Though his loftiness reaches the heavens,
And his head touches the clouds,
7He perishes forever like his refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, Where is he?
8He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him;
Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.
9The eye which saw him sees him no longer,
And his place no longer beholds him.
10His sons favor the poor,
And his hands give back his wealth.
11His bones are full of his youthful vigor,
But it lies down with him in the dust.
12Though evil is sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
13Though he desires it and will not let it go,
But holds it in his mouth,
14Yet his food in his stomach is changed
To the venom of cobras within him.
15He swallows riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will expel them from his belly.
16He sucks the poison of cobras;
The vipers tongue slays him.
17He does not look at the streams,
The rivers flowing with honey and curds.
18He returns what he has attained
And cannot swallow it;
As to the riches of his trading,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19For he has oppressed and forsaken the poor;
He has seized a house which he has not built.
20Because he knew no quiet within him,
He does not retain anything he desires.
21Nothing remains for him to devour,
Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
22In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped;
The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him.
23When he fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will rain it on him while he is eating.
24He may flee from the iron weapon,
But the bronze bow will pierce him.
25It is drawn forth and comes out of his back,
Even the glittering point from his gall.
Terrors come upon him,
26Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures,
And unfanned fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27The heavens will reveal his iniquity,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28The increase of his house will depart;
His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger.
29This is the wicked mans portion from God,
Even the heritage decreed to him by God.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
Though his height mount up to the heavens, And his head reach unto the clouds;
If his pride mount up even to heaven, and his head touch the clouds:
Darby Bible Translation
Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds,
English Revised Version
Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
Webster's Bible Translation
Though his excellence shall mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds;
World English Bible
Though his height mount up to the heavens, and his head reach to the clouds,
Young's Literal Translation
Though his excellency go up to the heavens, And his head against a cloud he strike --
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