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11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

Should this abundance of wordsp go unanswered

and such a talkerK be acquitted?

Should your babbling put others to silence,

so that you can keep on ridiculing

with no one to humiliate you?

You have said, “My teachingq is sound,

and I am pure in your sight.”

But if only God would speak

and open his lips against you!

He would show you the secrets of wisdom,r

for true wisdom has two sides.

Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your iniquity.s

Can you fathom the depths of God

or discover the limits of the Almighty?t

They are higher than the heavens—what can you do?

They are deeper than Sheol—what can you know?u

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?a

11 Surely he knows which people are worthless.

If he sees iniquity, will he not take note of it?b

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.c

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 darknessA will be like the morning.d

18 You will be confident, because there is hope.e

You will look carefully about and lie down in safety.f

19 You will lie down with no one to frighten you,

and many will seek your favor.g

20 But the sight of the wickedh will fail.

Their way of escape will be cut off,

and their only hope is their last breath.i


About Christian Standard Bible

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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