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"Surely you know that it has been from old, ever since humankind was placed on the earth,

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that the elation of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.

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Even though his stature reaches to the heavens and his head touches the clouds,

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he will perish forever, like his own excrement; those who used to see him will say, 'Where is he?'

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Like a dream he flies away, never again to be found, and like a vision of the night he is put to flight.

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People who had seen him will not see him again, and the place where he was will recognize him no longer.

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His sons must recompense the poor; his own hands must return his wealth.

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His bones were full of his youthful vigor, but that vigor will lie down with him in the dust.

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his food is turned sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him.

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The wealth that he consumed he vomits up, God will make him throw it out of his stomach.

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Such is the lot God allots the wicked, and the heritage of his appointment from God."
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