Job 11 NIV


1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

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2 “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

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3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

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4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’

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5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you

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6 and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.

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7 “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

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8 They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?

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9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.

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10 “If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?

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11 Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?

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12 But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.a

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    • p 11:12 - Or "wild donkey can be born tame"
      13 “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him,

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      14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,

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      15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.

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      16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.

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      17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.

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      18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

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      19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.

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      20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”

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