Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse1Then aZophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should ba multitude of words go unanswered,
and a man full of talk be judged right?
3Should your babble silence men,
and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4For cyou say, ‘My ddoctrine is pure,
and I am clean in God’s ▼
5But oh, that God would speak
and open his lips to you,
6and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in funderstanding. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Know then that God hexacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7 i“Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
8It is jhigher than heaven ▼
▼Hebrew The heights of heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9Its measure is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
10If he lpasses through and mimprisons
and summons the court, who can nturn him back?
11For he knows oworthless men;
when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12But a stupid man will get understanding
when pa wild donkey’s colt is qborn a man!
13 “If you rprepare your heart,
you will sstretch out your hands toward him.
14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
15Surely then you will tlift up your face without ublemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
16You will vforget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17And your life will be wbrighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
18And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and xtake your rest in security.
19You will ylie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will zcourt your favor.
20But aathe eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is abto breathe their last.”
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