Job 11
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2Should this abundance of words go unanswered and such a talker be acquitted?2“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
3Should your babbling put others to silence, so that you can keep on ridiculing with no one to humiliate you?3Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4You have said, "My teaching is sound, and I am pure in your sight."4For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
5But if only God would speak and open his lips against you!5But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you,
6He would show you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your iniquity.6and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7Can you fathom the depths of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?7“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
8They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol--what can you know?8It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.9Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.
10If he passes by and throws someone in prison or convenes a court, who can stop him?10If he passes through and imprisons and summons the court, who can turn him back?
11Surely he knows which people are worthless. If he sees iniquity, will he not take note of it?11For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12But a stupid person will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a human!12But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
13As for you, if you redirect your heart and spread out your hands to him in prayer--13“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.
14if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it, and don't allow injustice to dwell in your tents--14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
15then you will hold your head high, free from fault. You will be firmly established and unafraid.15Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear.
16For you will forget your suffering, recalling it only as water that has flowed by.16You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17Your life will be brighter than noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.17And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
18You will be confident, because there is hope. You will look carefully about and lie down in safety.18And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.
19You will lie down with no one to frighten you, and many will seek your favor.19You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor.
20But the sight of the wicked will fail. Their way of escape will be cut off, and their only hope is their last breath.20But the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last.”
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