Bible: Job 11:1-20

Zophar’s First Speech to Job 1 

11:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite spoke up and said:

11:2Should not this 2  abundance of words be answered, 3 

or should this 4  talkative man 5 

be vindicated? 6 

11:3 Will your idle talk 7  reduce people to silence, 8 

and will no one rebuke 9  you when you mock? 10 

11:4 For you have said, ‘My teaching 11  is flawless,

and I am pure in your sight.’

11:5 But if only God would speak, 12 

if only he would open his lips against you, 13 

11:6 and reveal to you the secrets of wisdom

for true wisdom has two sides 14 

so that you would know 15 

that God has forgiven some of your sins. 16 

11:7Can you discover 17  the essence 18  of God?

Can you find out 19 

the perfection of the Almighty? 20 

11:8 It is higher 21  than the heavens – what can you do?

It is deeper than Sheol 22 what can you know?

11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth,

and broader than the sea.

11:10 If he comes by 23  and confines 24  you 25 

and convenes a court, 26 

then who can prevent 27  him?

11:11 For he 28  knows deceitful 29  men;

when he sees evil, will he not 30  consider it? 31 

11:12 But an empty man will become wise,

when a wild donkey’s colt is born a human being. 32 

11:13As for you, 33  if you prove faithful, 34 

and if 35  you stretch out your hands toward him, 36 

11:14 if 37  iniquity is in your hand – put it far away, 38 

and do not let evil reside in your tents.

11:15 For 39  then you will lift up your face

without 40  blemish; 41 

you will be securely established 42 

and will not fear.

11:16 For you 43  will forget your trouble; 44 

you will remember it

like water that 45  has flowed away.

11:17 And life 46  will be brighter 47  than the noonday;

though there be darkness, 48 

it will be like the morning.

11:18 And you will be secure, because there is hope;

you will be protected 49 

and will take your rest in safety.

11:19 You will lie down with 50  no one to make you afraid,

and many will seek your favor. 51 

11:20 But the eyes of the wicked fail, 52 

and escape 53  eludes them;

their one hope 54  is to breathe their last.” 55 

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