Then 1Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
"Should 2a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?
Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
For 3you say, 'My 4doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God's eyes.'
But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you,
and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in 5understanding. Know then that God 6exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7"Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
It is 8higher than heaven--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know?
Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.
If he 9passes through and 10imprisons and summons the court, who can 11turn him back?
For he knows 12worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
But a stupid man will get understanding when 13a wild donkey's colt is 14born a man!
"If you 15prepare your heart, you will 16stretch out your hands toward him.
If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
Surely then you will 17lift up your face without 18blemish; you will be secure and will not fear.
You will 19forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
And your life will be 20brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and 21take your rest in security.
You will 22lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will 23court your favor.
But 24the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is 25to breathe their last."