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Job 11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Zophar Rebukes Job

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite [a]answered,

“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered,
And a talkative man be acquitted?
“Shall your boasts silence men?
And shall you scoff and none rebuke?
“For you have said, ‘My teaching is pure,
And I am innocent in your eyes.’
“But would that God might speak,
And open His lips against you,
And show you the secrets of wisdom!
For sound wisdom [b]has two sides.
Know then that God [c]forgets a part of your iniquity.

Can you discover the depths of God?
Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?
They are high as [d]the heavens, what can you do?
Deeper than [e]Sheol, what can you know?
“Its measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea.
10 “If He passes by or shuts up,
Or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him?
11 “For He knows false men,
And He sees iniquity [f]without investigating.
12 [g]An idiot will become intelligent
When the [h]foal of a wild donkey is born a man.

13 If you would direct your heart right
And spread out your hand to Him,
14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;
15 “Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect,
And you would be steadfast and not fear.
16 “For you would forget your trouble,
As waters that have passed by, you would remember it.
17 “Your [i]life would be [j]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 entreat your [k]favor.
20 “But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
And [l]there will be no escape for them;
And their hope is [m]to breathe their last.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 11:1 Lit answered and said
  2. Job 11:6 Lit is double
  3. Job 11:6 Lit causes to be forgotten for you
  4. Job 11:8 Lit the heights of heaven
  5. Job 11:8 I.e. the nether world
  6. Job 11:11 Or even He does not consider
  7. Job 11:12 Lit A hollow man
  8. Job 11:12 Lit donkey
  9. Job 11:17 Lit duration of life
  10. Job 11:17 Lit above noonday
  11. Job 11:19 Lit face
  12. Job 11:20 Lit escape has perished from them
  13. Job 11:20 Lit the expiring of the soul
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Job 11 New International Version (NIV)

Zophar

11 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

“Are all these words to go unanswered?
    Is this talker to be vindicated?
Will your idle talk reduce others to silence?
    Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless
    and I am pure in your sight.’
Oh, how I wish that God would speak,
    that he would open his lips against you
and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom,
    for true wisdom has two sides.
    Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.

“Can you fathom the mysteries of God?
    Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?
    They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
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.[a]

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.”

Footnotes:

  1. Job 11:12 Or wild donkey can be born tame
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