1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?* full…: Heb. of lips 3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?† lies: or, devices 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. 5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?‡ as high…: Heb. the heights of heaven 9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. 10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?§ cut…: or, make a change** hinder…: Heb. turn him away? 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it? 12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.†† vain: Heb. empty
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; 14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: 16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: 17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.‡‡ be clearer…: Heb. arise above 18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.§§ make suit…: Heb. intreat thy face 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.*** they shall…: Heb. flight shall perish from them††† the giving…: or, a puff of breath
*11.2 full…: Heb. of lips
†11.3 lies: or, devices
‡11.8 as high…: Heb. the heights of heaven
§11.10 cut…: or, make a change
**11.10 hinder…: Heb. turn him away?
††11.12 vain: Heb. empty
‡‡11.17 be clearer…: Heb. arise above
§§11.19 make suit…: Heb. intreat thy face
***11.20 they shall…: Heb. flight shall perish from them
†††11.20 the giving…: or, a puff of breath
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