1Next Tzofar the Na‘amati spoke up:
2“Shouldn’t this torrent of words be answered?
Does talking a lot make a person right?
3Is your babble supposed to put others to silence?
When you mock, is no one to make you ashamed?
4“You claim that your teaching is pure;
you tell [God], ‘I am clean in your sight.’
5I wish that God would speak,
would open his mouth to answer you,
6would tell you the secrets of wisdom,
which is worth twice as much as common sense.
Understand that God is demanding of you
less than your guilt deserves.
7“Can you penetrate God’s depths?
Can you find out Shaddai’s limits?
8They’re as high as heaven; what can you do?
They’re deeper than Sh’ol; what can you know?
9Their extent is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
10If he passes through, puts in prison
and assembles [for judgment], who can prevent him?
11For he knows when people are worthless;
so if he sees iniquity, won’t he look into it?
12“An empty man can gain understanding,
even if he was born like a wild donkey.
13If you will set your heart right,
if you will spread out your hands toward him,
14if you will put your iniquity at a distance
and not let unrighteousness remain in your tents,
15then when you lift up your face, there will be no defect;
you will be firm and free from fear.
16“For you will forget your misery;
you’ll remember it like a flood that passed through long ago;
17your life will be brighter than noon;
even its darkness will be like morning.
18You will be confident, because there is hope;
you will look around you and lie down secure;
19you will rest, and no one will make you afraid.
Many will seek your favor;
20but the eyes of the wicked will fail [to find comfort].
They will find no way to escape,
and their hope will turn to complete disappointment.”