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Job 11 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse

Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:1 - Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:2 - “Should a multitude of words go unanswered,
and a man full of talk be judged right?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:3 - Should your babble silence men,
and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:4 - For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure,
and I am clean in God’s[fn] eyes.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:5 - But oh, that God would speak
and open his lips to you,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:6 - and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in understanding.[fn]
Know then that God exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:7 - “Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:8 - It is higher than heaven[fn]—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:9 - Its measure is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:10 - If he passes through and imprisons
and summons the court, who can turn him back?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:11 - For he knows worthless men;
when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:12 - But a stupid man will get understanding
when a wild donkey’s colt is born a man!
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:13 - “If you prepare your heart,
you will stretch out your hands toward him.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:14 - If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:15 - Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:16 - You will forget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:17 - And your life will be brighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:18 - And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and take your rest in security.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:19 - You will lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will court your favor.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 11:20 - 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.”
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew your
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Hebrew The heights of heaven

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