Job 11
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1Zophar from Naamath had this to say:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2"Shouldn't a multitude of words be answered, or a person who talks too much be vindicated?2“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
3Will your irrational babble silence people, and when you mock them, will you escape without being shamed? 3Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4You've said, 'My teaching is flawless; I'm clean in God's sight.'4For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
5"But what if God were to speak? What if he were to talk with you,5But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you,
6and disclose his wise secrets? After all, there's so much more to understanding. So be aware that God will exact from you less than your sin deserves."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.
7"Can you search through God's complex things? Can you uncover the limits of the Almighty?7“Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
8These things are higher than the heavens, so what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol, so what can you know?8It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9They are longer than the earth's circumference, and broader than the ocean.9Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.
10"If he bypasses, or imprisons, or convenes a court, who can stop him?10If he passes through and imprisons and summons the court, who can turn him back?
11For he knows mankind's deceitfulness; when he sees iniquity, won't he himself consider it?11For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12An empty-headed person will gain understanding when a wild donkey is born a human being!"12But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
13"Now for you, if you will prepare your heart, spread out your hands to him.13“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.
14If you have any iniquity, throw it far away. Don't let evil live in your residence. 14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
15Then your confidence will be flawless, and your security will keep you from terror.15Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear.
16You'll forget your suffering; you'll remember it like water that has evaporated. 16You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17Your life will be brighter than noonday. Even its darkness will be like dawn.17And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
18You'll be secure, because there is hope; you'll see that you're at rest and safe.18And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.
19When you sleep, there'll be nothing to fear; and many will court your favor. 19You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor.
20But what the wicked look for will fail; their way of escape will be taken away from them; their only hope is to take their final 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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