Job 11 NIV

Zophar

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite1 replied:

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2 "Are all these words to go unanswered?2 Is this talker to be vindicated?3

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3 Will your idle talk4 reduce men to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?5

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4 You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless6 and I am pure7 in your sight.'

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5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak,8 that he would open his lips against you

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6 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

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7 "Can you fathom11 the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

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8 They are higher12 than the heavens13--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the gravea14--what can you know?15

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9 Their measure16 is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.17

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10 "If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?18

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11 Surely he recognizes deceitful men; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?19

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12 But a witless man can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt20 can be born a man.b21

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    • b 11:12 - Or "wild donkey can be born tame"
      13 "Yet if you devote your heart22 to him and stretch out your hands23 to him,24

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      14 if you put away25 the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil26 to dwell in your tent,27

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      15 then you will lift up your face28 without shame; you will stand firm29 and without fear.30

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      16 You will surely forget your trouble,31 recalling it only as waters gone by.32

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      17 Life will be brighter than noonday,33 and darkness will become like morning.34

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      18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest35 in safety.36

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      19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,37 and many will court your favor.38

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      20 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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