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Job chapter 11

New International Version

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated? 3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock? 4 You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.' 5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you
6 and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin. 7 Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens above--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below--what can you know?
9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. 10 If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him? 11 Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?
12 But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human. 13 Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, 14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, 15 then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. 16 You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. 17 Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. 18 You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. 19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.'
English Standard Version

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2 “Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right? 3 Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you? 4 For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’ 5 But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you, 6 and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding. Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves. 7 “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? 8 It is higher than heaven—what can you do? 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 and summons the court, who can turn him back? 11 For he knows worthless men; when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it? 12 But a stupid man will get understanding when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man! 13 “If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him. 14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, and let not injustice dwell in your tents. 15 Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. 16 You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. 17 And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. 18 And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. 19 You will lie down, and none will make you afraid; many will court your favor. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail; all way of escape will be lost to them, and their hope is to breathe their last.”
King James Version

1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified? 3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? 4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes. 5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. 10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? 11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it? 12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him; 14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear: 16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away: 17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee. 20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.
New American Standard Bible

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite responded,
2 'Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted? 3 Shall your boasts silence people? And will you scoff, and no one rebuke? 4 For you have said, ‘My teaching is pure, And I am innocent in your eyes.’ 5 But if only God would speak, And open His lips against you, 6 And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets part of your guilt. 7 'Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are as high as the heavens; what can you do? Deeper than Sheol; what can you know? 9 Its measurement is longer than the earth And broader than the sea. 10 If He passes by or apprehends people, Or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him? 11 For He knows false people, And He sees injustice without investigating. 12 An idiot will become intelligent When a wild donkey is born a human. 13 'If you would direct your heart rightly And spread out your hands to Him, 14 If wrongdoing is in your hand, put it far away, And do not let malice dwell in your tents; 15 Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral blemish, And you would be firmly established and not fear. 16 For you would forget your trouble; Like waters that have passed by, you would remember it. 17 Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning. 18 Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely. 19 You would lie down and none would disturb you, And many would flatter you. 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last.'
New Living Translation

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied to Job:
2 'Shouldn't someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking? 3 Should I remain silent while you babble on? When you mock God, shouldn't someone make you ashamed? 4 You claim, 'My beliefs are pure,' and 'I am clean in the sight of God.' 5 If only God would speak; if only he would tell you what he thinks! 6 If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom is not a simple matter. Listen! God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!
7 'Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty? 8 Such knowledge is higher than the heavens--and who are you? It is deeper than the underworld--what do you know? 9 It is broader than the earth and wider than the sea. 10 If God comes and puts a person in prison or calls the court to order, who can stop him? 11 For he knows those who are false, and he takes note of all their sins. 12 An empty-headed person won't become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.
13 'If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! 14 Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. 15 Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. 16 You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. 17 Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. 18 Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. 19 You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help. 20 But the wicked will be blinded. They will have no escape. Their only hope is death.'
Christian Standard Bible

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 Should this abundance of words go unanswered and such a talker be acquitted? 3 Should your babbling put others to silence, so that you can keep on ridiculing with no one to humiliate you? 4 You have said, "My teaching is sound, and I am pure in your sight." 5 But if only God would speak and open his lips against you!
6 He would show you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your iniquity. 7 Can you fathom the depths of God or discover the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol--what can you know?
9 Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. 10 If he passes by and throws someone in prison or convenes a court, who can stop him? 11 Surely he knows which people are worthless. If he sees iniquity, will he not take note of it?
12 But a stupid person will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a human! 13 As for you, if you redirect your heart and spread out your hands to him in prayer -- 14 if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it, and don't allow injustice to dwell in your tents -- 15 then you will hold your head high, free from fault. You will be firmly established and unafraid. 16 For you will forget your suffering, recalling it only as water that has flowed by. 17 Your life will be brighter than noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
18 You will be confident, because there is hope. You will look carefully about and lie down in safety. 19 You will lie down with no one to frighten you, and many will seek your favor. 20 But the sight of the wicked will fail. Their way of escape will be cut off, and their only hope is their last breath.

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