- Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
- Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should a man full of talk be justified?
- Should thy boastings make men hold their peace?
And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
- For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure, And I am clean in thine eyes.
- But oh that God would speak, And open his lips against thee,
- And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
- Canst thou by searching find out God?
Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
- It is high as heaven;
what canst thou do?
Deeper than Sheol;
what canst thou know?
- The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea.
- If he pass through, and shut up, And all unto judgment, then who can hinder him?
- For he knoweth false men: He seeth iniquity also, even though he consider it not.
- But vain man is void of understanding, Yea, man is born [as] a wild ass’s colt.
- If thou set thy heart aright, And stretch out thy hands toward him;
- If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away, And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.
- Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
- For thou shalt forget thy misery;
Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away,
- And [thy] life shall be clearer than the noonday;
Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
- And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;
Yea, thou shalt search [about thee], and shalt take thy rest in safety.
- Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
- But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, And they shall have no way to flee;
And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.