Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a talkera be acquitted?b3
Should your babbling put others to silence, so that you can keep on ridiculing with no one to humiliate you?
You have said, "My teaching is sound, and I am pure in Your sight."c5
But if only God would speak and declare His cased against you,
He would show you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your sin.e7
Can you fathom the depths of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?f8
[They are] higher than the heavens-what can you do? [They are] deeper than Sheol-what can you know?g9
Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
If He passes by and throws [someone] in prison or convenes a court, who can stop Him?h11
Surely He knows which people are worthless. If He sees iniquity, will He not take note [of it]?i12
But a stupid man will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!
As for you, if you redirect your heart and lift up your hands to Him [in prayer]-
if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it, and don't allow injustice to dwell in your tentsj-
then you will hold your head high, free from fault. You will be firmly established and unafraid.k16
For you will forget your suffering, recalling [it only] as waters that have flowed by.l17
[Your] life will be brighter than noonday; [its] darknessm will be like the morning.n18
You will be confident, because there is hope. You will look carefully about and lie down in safety.o19
You will lie down without fear, and many will seek your favor.p20
But the sight of the wicked will fail. Their way of escape will be cut off, and their [only] hope will be to die.q