Then Zophar the Naamathite1 replied:
"Are all these words to go unanswered?2 Is this talker to be vindicated?3
Will your idle talk4 reduce men to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?5
You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless6 and I am pure7 in your sight.'
Oh, how I wish that God would speak,8 that he would open his lips against you
and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom,9 for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.10
"Can you fathom11 the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher12 than the heavens13--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave14--what can you know?15
Their measure16 is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.17
"If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?18
Surely he recognizes deceitful men; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?19
But a witless man can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt20 can be born a man.21
"Yet if you devote your heart22 to him and stretch out your hands23 to him,24
if you put away25 the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil26 to dwell in your tent,27
then you will lift up your face28 without shame; you will stand firm29 and without fear.30
You will surely forget your trouble,31 recalling it only as waters gone by.32
Life will be brighter than noonday,33 and darkness will become like morning.34
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest35 in safety.36
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,37 and many will court your favor.38
But the eyes of the wicked will fail,39 and escape will elude them;40 their hope will become a dying gasp."41
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