Job 11:8-18

8 The sky is no limit for God, but it lies beyond your reach. God knows the world of the dead, but you do not know it.
9 God's greatness is broader than the earth, wider than the sea.
10 If God arrests you and brings you to trial, who is there to stop him?
11 God knows which people are worthless; he sees all their evil deeds.
12 Stupid people will start being wise when wild donkeys are born tame.
13 Put your heart right, Job. Reach out to God.
14 Put away evil and wrong from your home.
15 Then face the world again, firm and courageous.
16 Then all your troubles will fade from your memory, like floods that are past and remembered no more.
17 Your life will be brighter than sunshine at noon, and life's darkest hours will shine like the dawn.
18 You will live secure and full of hope; God will protect you and give you rest.

Job 11:8-18 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 11

In this chapter Zophar the Naamathite, Job's third friend, attacks him, and the with great acrimony and severity, and with much indecency; he charges him not only with loquacity, and vain babbling, but with lying, and with scoffing at God, and good men, Job 11:1-3; which he attempts to support by some things Job had said, misrepresented by him, Job 11:4; and wishes that God would take him in hand, and convince him of the wisdom of the divine proceedings with him, and of his lenity and mercy to him, Job 11:5,6; and then discourses of the unsearchableness of God in his counsels, and conduct; of his sovereignty, and of his power, and of the vanity and folly of men, Job 11:7-19; and as his friends before him, having insinuated that Job was guilty of some heinous sin, or sins, and especially of hypocrisy, advises him to repentance and reformation, and then it would be well with him; and he should enjoy much comfort, peace, and safety, even to old age, Job 11:13-19; and concludes it should go ill with the wicked man and the hypocrite, such as he suggests Job was, Job 11:20.

Job 11:8-18 In-Context

6 He would tell you there are many sides to wisdom; there are things too deep for human knowledge. God is punishing you less than you deserve.
7 Can you discover the limits and bounds of the greatness and power of God?
8 The sky is no limit for God, but it lies beyond your reach. God knows the world of the dead, but you do not know it.
9 God's greatness is broader than the earth, wider than the sea.
10 If God arrests you and brings you to trial, who is there to stop him?
11 God knows which people are worthless; he sees all their evil deeds.
12 Stupid people will start being wise when wild donkeys are born tame.
13 Put your heart right, Job. Reach out to God.
14 Put away evil and wrong from your home.
15 Then face the world again, firm and courageous.
16 Then all your troubles will fade from your memory, like floods that are past and remembered no more.
17 Your life will be brighter than sunshine at noon, and life's darkest hours will shine like the dawn.
18 You will live secure and full of hope; God will protect you and give you rest.
19 You won't be afraid of your enemies; many people will ask you for help.
20 But the wicked will look around in despair and find that there is no way to escape. Their one hope is that death will come.