Job 11
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1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?2“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
3Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?3Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.'4For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’
5Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you5But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you,
6and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.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 fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe 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 above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--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.
10"If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?10If he passes through and imprisons and summons the court, who can turn him back?
11Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?11For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human.12But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
13"Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,13“If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him.
14if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
15then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.15Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear.
16You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.16You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.17And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
18You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest 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 make you afraid, and many will court your favor.19You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor.
20But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp."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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