Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse1Then a Zophar the Naamathite answered and said: 2 “Should b a 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 c you say, ‘My d doctrine 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 f understanding. ▼
▼The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Know then that God h exacts 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 j higher 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 l passes through and m imprisons
and summons the court, who can n turn him back?
11For he knows o worthless men;
when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12But a stupid man will get understanding
when p a wild donkey’s colt is q born a man!
13 “If you r prepare your heart,
you will s stretch 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 t lift up your face without u blemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
16You will v forget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17And your life will be w brighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
18And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and x take your rest in security.
19You will y lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will z court your favor.
20But aa the eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is ab to breathe their last.”
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