Zophar Speaks to Job
1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:
2“Should these words go unanswered?
Is this talker in the right?
3Your lies do not make people quiet;
people should correct you when you make fun of God.
4You say, ‘My teachings are right,
and I am clean in God’s sight.’
5I wish God would speak
and open his lips against you
6and tell you the secrets of wisdom,
because wisdom has two sides.
Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin.
7“Can you understand the secrets of God?
Can you search the limits of the Almighty?
8His limits are higher than the heavens; you cannot reach them!
They are deeper than the grave; you cannot understand them!
9His limits are longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.
10“If God comes along and puts you in prison
or calls you into court, no one can stop him.
11God knows who is evil,
and when he sees evil, he takes note of it.
12A fool cannot become wise
any more than a wild donkey can be born tame.
13“You must give your whole heart to him
and hold out your hands to him for help.
14Put away the sin that is in your hand;
let no evil remain in your tent.
15Then you can lift up your face without shame,
and you can stand strong without fear.
16You will forget your trouble
and remember it only as water gone by.
17Your life will be as bright as the noonday sun,
and darkness will seem like morning.
18You will feel safe because there is hope;
you will look around and rest in safety.
19You will lie down, and no one will scare you.
Many people will want favors from you.
20But the wicked will not be able to see,
so they will not escape.
Their only hope will be to die.”