Job 11 (Lexham English Bible)

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Zophar’s First Response to Job

1 Thena Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, 2 "Should an abundance of words go unanswered, or {a man full of talk}b be vindicated?c 3 Should your loose talk put people to silence? {And when you mock, shall no one put you to shame}?d 4 For you say, 'My teaching [is] pure, and I am clean in your sight.' 5 But,e {O that}f God might speak, and [that] he would open his lips to you, 6 and [that] he would tell you [the] secrets of wisdom, for {insight has many sides}.g And know that God {on your behalf}h has forgotten {some of}i your guilt. 7 "Can you find [out] the essence of God, or can you find [out] {the ultimate limits}j of Shaddai? 8 {It is higher than the heaven};k what can you do? [It is] deeper than Sheol; what can you know? 9 Its measure [is] longer than [the] earth and broader than [the] sea. 10 "If he passes through and imprisons someonel {and summons the assembly},m thenn who can hinder him? 11 For he knows {those who are worthless};o {when he sees}p iniquity, {he will not consider it}.q 12 Butr {an empty-headed person}s will get understanding whent a wild donkey's colt is born [as] a human being. 13 "If you yourselfu direct your heart and stretch out your hands to him-- 14 if iniquityv [is] in your hand, put it far away, and you must not let wickedness reside in your tents-- 15 surely then you will lift up your face withoutw blemish, and you will be firmly established and will not fear.x 16 For you yourselfy will forget your misery; you will remember [it] as water [that] has flowed past. 17 "{And your life will be brighter than noon};z [its] darkness will be like the morning. 18 And you will have confidence because there is hope; and you will be well protected--{you will sleep in safety}.aa 19 And you will lie down, and {no one will make you afraid};bb {and many will entreat your favor}.cc 20 Butdd [the] eyes of [the] wicked will fail; and refuge will be lost to them, and their hope [is] {to breathe their last breath}."ee
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