Zophar Speaks1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: 2 Should this stream of words a go unanswered
and such a talker ▼
▼Lit a man of lipsbe acquitted?
3 Should your babbling put others to silence,
so that you can keep on ridiculing
with no one to humiliate you?
4 You have said, “My teaching c is sound,
and I am pure in Your sight.”
5 But if only God would speak
and declare His case ▼
▼Lit and open His lipsagainst you,
6 He would show you the secrets of wisdom e
for true wisdom has two sides.
Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your sin. f
7 Can you fathom the depths of God
or discover the limits of the ▼
▼God Almighty: The Hebrew word is El Shaddai; El = "God," but the meaning of Shaddai is disputed; traditionally it is translated "Almighty".Almighty? h
8 They are higher than the heavens – what can you do?
They are deeper than ▼
▼Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the deadSheol – what can you know? j
9 Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.
10 If He passes by and throws someone in prison
or convenes a court, who can stop Him? k
11 Surely He knows which people are worthless.
If He sees iniquity, will He not take note of it? l
12 But a stupid man will gain understanding
as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!
13 As for you, if you redirect your heart
and lift up your hands to Him in prayer –
14 if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it,
and don’t allow injustice to dwell in your tents –
15 then you will hold your head high, free from fault.
You will be firmly established and unafraid. m
16 For you will forget your suffering,
recalling it only as waters that have flowed by.
17 Your life will be brighter than noonday;
its darkness ▼
▼Text emended; MT reads noonday; you are dark, youwill be like the morning. o
18 You will be confident, because there is hope. p
You will look carefully about and lie down in safety. q
19 You will lie down without fear,
and many will seek your favor. r
20 But the sight of the wicked s will fail.
Their way of escape will be cut off,
and their only hope is their last breath. t
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