Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse

1 Then 1Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

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2 "Should 2a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?

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3 Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4 For 3you say, 'My 4doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God'sa eyes.'

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5 But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you,
6 and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in 5understanding.b Know then that God 6exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.

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    • x 11:6 - The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
      7 7"Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
      8 It is 8higher than heavenc--what can you do? Deeper than Sheol--what can you know?

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        • y 11:8 - Hebrew The heights of heaven
          9 Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.
          10 If he 9passes through and 10imprisons and summons the court, who can 11turn him back?

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          11 For he knows 12worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?

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          12 But a stupid man will get understanding when 13a wild donkey's colt is 14born a man!

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          13 "If you 15prepare your heart, you will 16stretch out your hands toward him.

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          14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
          15 Surely then you will 17lift up your face without 18blemish; you will be secure and will not fear.

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          16 You will 19forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away.

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          17 And your life will be 20brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.

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          18 And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and 21take your rest in security.
          19 You will 22lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will 23court your favor.

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              20 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."

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