- And Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
- Should not the multitude of words be answered?
and should a man of much talk be justified?
- Should thy fictions make men hold their peace?
and shouldest thou mock, and no one 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 shew thee the secrets of wisdom, how that they are the double of what is realised;
and know that +God passeth by [much] of thine iniquity!
- Canst thou by searching find out +God?
canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection?
- [It is as] the heights of heaven;
what wilt 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 by, and shut up, and call to judgment, who can hinder him?
- For he knoweth vain men, and seeth wickedness when [man] doth not consider it;
- Yet a senseless man will make bold, though man be born [like] the foal of a wild ass.
- If thou prepare thy heart and stretch out thy hands toward him,
- If thou put far away the iniquity which is in thy hand, and let not wrong dwell in thy tents;
- Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot, and thou shalt be stedfast and shalt not fear:
- For thou shalt forget misery;
as waters that are passed away shalt thou remember it;
- And life shall arise brighter than noonday;
though thou be enshrouded in darkness, thou shalt be as the morning,
- And thou shalt have confidence, because there shall be hope;
and having searched about [thee], thou shalt take rest in safety.
- Yea, thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
and many shall seek thy favour.
- But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and [all] refuge shall vanish from them, and their hope [shall be] the breathing out of life.