2 “Should ·these [L such a large number of] words go unanswered? ·Is this talker in the right [or Should a talkative man be declared righteous]? 3 Your ·lies [L empty words] do not make people quiet; people should ·correct [L shame] you when you ·make fun of God [L mock]. 4 You ·say [claim], ‘My teachings are ·right [L pure], and I am clean in ·God’s sight [L your eyes].’ 5 I wish God would speak and open his ·lips [L mouth] against you 6 and tell you the secrets of wisdom, because ·wisdom [resourcefulness] has ·two [or many] sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin [C he has been tolerant of Job’s sin]. 7 “Can you ·understand [L discover] the ·secrets [L deep things] of God? Can you ·search [L discover] the limits of ·the Almighty [Shaddai]? 8 His limits are higher than the heavens; ·you cannot reach them [L what can you do]! They are deeper than ·the grave [L Sheol]; you cannot understand them! 9 His limits are longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
10 “If God ·comes along [L passes by] and puts you in prison or ·calls you into court [L assembles for judgment], ·no one can stop him [L who can turn him back?]. 11 God knows who is ·evil [worthless], and when he sees ·evil [or an evil person], ·he takes [L does he not take…?] note of it. 12 A ·fool [L empty-headed person] cannot ·become wise [get understanding] any more than a wild donkey can ·be born tame [or give birth to a human; C Zophar insults Job’s wisdom].
13 “You must ·give your whole heart to him [focus your heart] and ·hold [spread] out your hands to him for help. 14 ·Put away [Remove] the sin that is in your hand; let no ·evil [iniquity] ·remain [L take up residence] in your tent [C Zophar urges Job to repent]. 15 Then you can lift up your face without ·shame [L blemish], and you can ·stand strong [L be secure] without fear. 16 You will forget your trouble and remember it only as water ·gone by [running away]. 17 Your life will be ·as bright as [brighter than] the noonday sun, and darkness will seem like morning. 18 You will ·feel safe [be secure] because there is hope; you will ·look around [explore] and ·rest [L lie down] in safety. 19 You will lie down, and ·no one will scare you [L not tremble with fear]. Many people will want favors from you. 20 But the ·wicked will not be able to see [L eyes of the wicked will fail], so ·they will not escape [L their escape route will be lost to them]. Their only ·hope [expectation] will be to die.”
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