11 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
And should 1a man full of talk be vindicated?
3 Should your empty talk make men 2hold their peace?
And when you mock, should no one rebuke you?
a‘My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in your eyes.’
And open His lips against you,
For they would double your prudence.
Less than your iniquity deserves.
7 “Can cyou search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?
Deeper than 4Sheol—what can you know?
And broader than the sea.
10 “If dHe passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
Then who can 5hinder Him?
11 For eHe knows deceitful men;
He sees wickedness also.
Will He not then consider it?
12 For an fempty-headed man will be wise,
When a wild donkey’s colt is born a man.
13 “If you would gprepare your heart,
And hstretch out your hands toward Him;
And iwould not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15 jThen surely you could lift up your face without spot;
Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear;
16 Because you would kforget your misery,
And remember it as waters that have passed away,
17 And your life lwould be brighter than noonday.
Though you were dark, you would be like the morning.
Yes, you would dig around you, and mtake your rest in safety.
Yes, many would court your favor.
20 But nthe eyes of the wicked will fail,
And they shall not escape,
Lit. a man of lips
Lit. forgets some of your iniquity for you
The abode of the dead
Lit. the breathing out of life