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Job 20

Zophar Says, “The Triumph of the Wicked Is Short”

1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,


“Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me answer,
Because of the uneasiness that is within me.

“I have heard the reproof which insults me,
But the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

“Do you not know this from the old days,
Since the time that man was placed on the earth,

That the triumphing of the wicked is short,
And the joy of the godless is only for a moment?

“Though his pride reaches the heavens
And his head touches the clouds,

Yet he perishes forever like his own refuse;
Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’

“He flies away like a dream and cannot be found;
Yes, he is chased away like a vision of the night.

“The eye which saw him sees him no longer,
Neither does his [accustomed] place behold him any longer.
10 
“His sons favor the poor [and pay his obligations],
And his hands give back his [ill-gotten] wealth.
11 
“His bones are full of youthful strength
But it lies down with him in the dust.

12 
“Though evil and wickedness are sweet in his mouth
And he hides it under his tongue,
13 
Though he desires it and will not let it go
But holds it in his mouth,
14 
Yet his food turns [to poison] in his stomach;
It is the venom of vipers within him.
15 
“He swallows [his ill-gotten] riches,
But will vomit them up;
God will drive them out of his belly.
16 
“He sucks the poison of vipers [which ill-gotten wealth contains];
The viper’s tongue slays him.
17 
“He does not look at the rivers,
The flowing streams of honey and butter [to enjoy his wealth].
18 
“He gives back what he has labored for and attained
And cannot swallow it [down to enjoy it];
As to the riches of his labor,
He cannot even enjoy them.
19 
“For he has oppressed and neglected the poor;
He has violently taken away houses which he did not build.

20 
“Because he knew no quietness or calm within him [because of his greed],
He does not retain anything he desires.
21 
“There is nothing left of what he devoured;
Therefore his prosperity does not endure.
22 
“In the fullness of his excess (great abundance) he will be in trouble;
The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him [he is miserable on every side].
23 
“When he fills his belly,
God will send His fierce anger on him
And will rain it upon him while he is eating.
24 
“He may flee from the iron weapon,
But the bow of bronze will pierce him through.
25 
The arrow is drawn forth and it comes out of his back [after passing through his body];
Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall.
Terrors march in upon him;
26 
Complete darkness (misfortune) is held in reserve for his treasures.
An unfanned fire will devour him;
It will consume the survivor in his tent.
27 
“The heavens will reveal his wickedness and guilt,
And the earth will rise up against him.
28 
“The produce and increase of his house will depart [with the victors];
His possessions will be dragged away in the day of God’s wrath.
29 
“This is the wicked man’s portion from God,
And the heritage decreed and appointed to him by God.”

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Job 20

Segundo discurso de Zofar

1A esto respondió Zofar de Namat:

«Mis turbados pensamientos me hacen replicar,
    pues me hallo muy desconcertado.
He escuchado una reprensión que me deshonra,
    y mi inteligencia me obliga a responder.

»Bien sabes tú que desde antaño,
    desde que Dios puso al hombre[a] en la tierra,
muy breve ha sido la algarabía del malvado;
    la alegría del impío ha sido pasajera.
Aunque su orgullo llegue hasta los cielos
    y alcance a tocar con la cabeza las nubes,
él perecerá para siempre, como su excremento,
    y sus allegados dirán: “¿Qué fue de él?”
Como un sueño, como una visión nocturna,
    se desvanecerá y no volverá a ser hallado.
Los ojos que lo vieron no volverán a verlo;
    su lugar no volverá a contemplarlo.
10 Sus hijos tendrán que resarcir a los pobres;
    ellos mismos restituirán las riquezas de su padre.
11 El vigor juvenil que hoy sostiene sus huesos
    un día reposará en el polvo con él.

12 »Aunque en su boca el mal sabe dulce
    y lo disimula bajo la lengua,
13 y aunque no lo suelta para nada,
    sino que tenazmente lo retiene,
14 ese pan se le agriará en el estómago;
    dentro de él se volverá veneno de áspid.
15 Vomitará las riquezas que engulló;
Dios hará que las arroje de su vientre.
16 Chupará veneno de serpientes;
    la lengua de un áspid lo matará.
17 No disfrutará de los arroyos,
    de los ríos de crema y miel;
18 no engullirá las ganancias de sus negocios;
    no disfrutará de sus riquezas,
19 porque oprimió al pobre y lo dejó sin nada,
    y se adueñó de casas que nunca construyó.

20 »Su ambición nunca quedó satisfecha;
    ¡nada quedó a salvo de su codicia!
21 Nada se libró de su voracidad;
    por eso no perdurará su bienestar.
22 En medio de la abundancia, lo abrumará la angustia;
    le sobrevendrá toda la fuerza de la desgracia.
23 Cuando el malvado se haya llenado el vientre,
Dios dará rienda suelta a su enojo contra él,
    y descargará sobre él sus golpes.
24 Aunque huya de las armas de hierro,
    una flecha de bronce lo atravesará.
25 Cuando del hígado y de la espalda
    intente sacarse la punta de la flecha,
se verá sobrecogido de espanto,
26     y la oscuridad total acechará sus tesoros.
Un fuego no atizado acabará con él
    y con todo lo que haya quedado de su casa.
27 Los cielos harán pública su culpa;
    la tierra se levantará a denunciarlo.
28 En el día de la ira de Dios,
    un aluvión arrasará su casa.
29 Tal es el fin que Dios reserva al malvado;
    tal es la herencia que le asignó.»

Notas al pie

  1. 20:4 al hombre. Alt. a Adán.