Job 11
New Living TranslationHolman Christian Standard Bible
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied to Job:1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2“Shouldn’t someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking?2Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a talker be acquitted?
3Should I remain silent while you babble on? When you mock God, shouldn’t someone make you ashamed?3Should your babbling put others to silence, so that you can keep on ridiculing with no one to humiliate you?
4You claim, ‘My beliefs are pure,’ and ‘I am clean in the sight of God.’4You have said, "My teaching is sound, and I am pure in Your sight."
5If only God would speak; if only he would tell you what he thinks!5But if only God would speak and declare His case against you,
6If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom is not a simple matter. Listen! God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!6He would show you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your sin.
7“Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty?7Can you fathom the depths of God or discover the limits of the Almighty?
8Such knowledge is higher than the heavens— and who are you? It is deeper than the underworld — what do you know?8They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than Sheol--what can you know?
9It is broader than the earth and wider than the sea.9Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.
10If God comes and puts a person in prison or calls the court to order, who can stop him?10If He passes by and throws someone in prison or convenes a court, who can stop Him?
11For he knows those who are false, and he takes note of all their sins.11Surely He knows which people are worthless. If He sees iniquity, will He not take note of it?
12An empty-headed person won’t become wise any more than a wild donkey can bear a human child.12But a stupid man will gain understanding as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!
13“If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!13As for you, if you redirect your heart and lift up your hands to Him in prayer--
14Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you.14if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it, and don't allow injustice to dwell in your tents--
15Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear.15then you will hold your head high, free from fault. You will be firmly established and unafraid.
16You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away.16For you will forget your suffering, recalling it only as waters that have flowed by.
17Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning.17Your life will be brighter than noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
18Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.18You will be confident, because there is hope. You will look carefully about and lie down in safety.
19You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help.19You will lie down without fear, and many will seek your favor.
20But the wicked will be blinded. They will have no escape. Their only hope is death.”20But the sight of the wicked will fail. Their way of escape will be cut off, and their only hope is their last breath.
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