Job Chapter 11 |
1Then Zophar the Naamathite said in reply:
2Is a multitude of words unanswerable?
Must a loquacious person be right?
3Your prattle may silence men;
You may mock without being rebuked,
4And say, “My doctrine is pure,
And I have been innocent in Your sight.”
5But would that God might speak,
And talk to you Himself.
6He would tell you the secrets of wisdom,
For there are many sides to sagacity;
And know that God has overlooked for you some of your iniquity.
7Would you discover the mystery of God?
Would you discover the limit of the Almighty?
8Higher than heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9Its measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.
10Should He pass by, or confine,
Or call an assembly, who can stop Him?
11For He knows deceitful men;
When He sees iniquity, does He not discern it?
12A hollow man will get understanding,
When a wild ass is born a man.
13But if you direct your mind,
And spread forth your hands toward Him—
14If there is iniquity with you, remove it,
And do not let injustice reside in your tent—
15Then, free of blemish, you will hold your head high,
And, when in straits, be unafraid.
16You will then put your misery out of mind,
Consider it as water that has flowed past.
17Life will be brighter than noon;
You will shine, you will be like the morning.
18You will be secure, for there is hope,
And, entrenched, you will rest secure;
19You will lie down undisturbed;
The great will court your favor.
20But the eyes of the wicked pine away;
Escape is cut off from them;
They have only their last breath to look forward to.