2 Your words are disturbing; now I must speak. 3 You have accused and insulted me, and reason requires a reply. 4 Since the time of creation, everyone has known 5 that sinful people are happy for only a while. 6 Though their pride and power may reach to the sky, 7 they will disappear like dust, and those who knew them will wonder what happened. 8 They will be forgotten like a dream 9 and vanish from the sight of family and friends. 10 Their children will have to repay what the parents took from the poor. 11 Indeed, the wicked will die and go to their graves in the prime of life.
Sinners Love the Taste of Sin
12 Sinners love the taste of sin; they relish every bite 13 and swallow it slowly. 14 But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs. 15 Then God will make them lose the wealth they gobbled down. 16 They will die from the fangs of poisonous snakes 17 and never enjoy rivers flowing with milk and honey. 18 Their hard work will result in nothing gained, 19 because they cheated the poor and took their homes.
20 Greedy people want everything and are never satisfied.[b] 21 But when nothing remains for them to grab, they will be nothing. 22 Once they have everything, distress and despair will strike them down, 23 and God will make them swallow his blazing anger.[c]
24 While running from iron spears, they will be killed by arrows of bronze, 25 whose shining tips go straight through their bodies. They will be trapped by terror, 26 and what they treasure most will be lost in the dark. God will send flames to destroy them in their tents with all their property. 27 The heavens and the earth will testify against them, 28 and all their possessions will be dragged off when God becomes angry. 29 This is what God has decided for those who are evil.
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