Then Zophar the Naamathiteaanswered,
"Shall a multitude of wordsgounanswered, And a 1talkativeman be acquitted?
"Shall your boastssilencemen? And shall you 2scoff and nonerebuke?
"For 3you have said, 'My teaching is pure, And 4I aminnocent in your eyes.'
"But would that God might speak, And open His lipsagainst you,
And show you the secrets of wisdom! For soundwisdomb5has twosides. Know then that Godcforgets a part of 6your iniquity.
"7Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?
"They are 8high as dthe heavens, what can you do? Deeperthane9Sheol, what can you know?
"Its measure is longerthan the earth And broaderthan the sea.
10"If He passes by or shuts up, Or calls an assembly, 10who can restrain Him?
"For 11He knowsfalsemen, And He 12seesiniquityfwithoutinvestigating.
"g13An idiot will becomeintelligent When the hfoal of a 14wilddonkey is born a man.
"15If you would 16direct your heartright And 17spread out your hand to Him,
14Ifiniquity is in your hand, 18put it faraway, And do not let wickednessdwell in your tents;
15"Then, indeed, you could 19lift up your facewithout moral defect, And you would be steadfast and 20not fear.
"For you would 21forget your trouble, As 22waters that have passed by, you would remember it.
"Your ilife would be j23brighterthannoonday; Darkness would be like the morning.
"Then you would trust, becausethere is hope; And you would lookaround and restsecurely.
"You would 24liedown and none would disturb you, And many would 25entreat your kfavor.
"But the 26eyes of the wicked will fail, And lthere will 27be noescape for them; And their 28hope is m29to breathe their last."