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Job: Chapter 11

Zophar reproves Job for justifying himself, 1-4. God's wisdom is unsearchable, 5-12. The assured blessing of repentance, 13-20.

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

2 "Should the multitude of words not be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

3 Should your falsehoods make men hold their peace? And when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

4 For you have said, 'My doctrine is pure and I am clean in your eyes.'

5 But oh that God would speak and open his lips against you,

6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they are manifold in understanding! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.

7 Can you by searching find out God? Can you find out the Almighty to perfection?

8 It is as high as heaven. What can you do? It is deeper than hell. What can you know?

9 Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.

10 If he cuts off and shuts up, or gathers together, then who can hinder him?

11 For he knows vain men. He sees wickedness also. Will he not then consider it?

12 For vain man would be wise, though man is born like a wild donkey's colt.

13 If you prepare your heart, stretch out your hands toward him.

14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tabernacles.

15 For then you shall lift up your face without spot. You shall even be steadfast and shall not fear.

16 For you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away.

17 And your age shall be clearer than the noon-day. You shall shine forth. You shall be as the morning.

18 And you shall be secure because there is hope. You shall even dig about you and take your rest in safety.

19 Also you shall lie down, and no one shall make you afraid. Indeed, many shall make petition to you.

20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail. They shall not escape. Their hope shall be as the expiration of the breath."