Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse
1Then #ch. 2:11Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
2“Should #Prov. 10:19; Eccles. 5:3a multitude of words go unanswered,
and a man full of talk be judged right?
3Should your babble silence men,
and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
4For #ch. 10:7 you say, ‘My #Deut. 32:2; Prov. 4:2; Isa. 29:24doctrine is pure,
and I am clean in God’s#11:4 Hebrew your eyes.’
5But oh, that God would speak
and open his lips to you,
6and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For he is manifold in #ch. 5:12 (Heb.) understanding.#11:6 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Know then that God #[Ezra 9:13]exacts of you less than your guilt deserves.
7 # ch. 5:9; Eccles. 3:11; 8:17; [Ps. 145:3; Rom. 11:33] “Can you find out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
8It is #[ch. 22:12; Ps. 139:8]higher than heaven#11:8 Hebrew The heights of heaven—what can you do?
Deeper than Sheol—what can you know?
9Its measure is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
10If he #See ch. 9:11-16 passes through and #See ch. 12:14 imprisons
and summons the court, who can #ch. 9:12; 23:13turn him back?
11For he knows #Ps. 26:4worthless men;
when he sees iniquity, will he not consider it?
12But a stupid man will get understanding
when #See ch. 39:5-8 a wild donkey’s colt is #[Ps. 73:22; Eccles. 3:18]born a man!
13“If you #Ps. 78:8; See 1 Sam. 7:3 prepare your heart,
you will #Ps. 44:20; 88:9; 143:6stretch out your hands toward him.
14If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away,
and let not injustice dwell in your tents.
15Surely then you will #ch. 22:26; [Gen. 4:5; Ps. 119:6; 1 John 3:21] lift up your face without #ch. 31:7; 2 Pet. 3:14blemish;
you will be secure and will not fear.
16You will #[Isa. 65:16]forget your misery;
you will remember it as waters that have passed away.
17And your life will be #[Ps. 37:6; Isa. 58:8, 10]brighter than the noonday;
its darkness will be like the morning.
18And you will feel secure, because there is hope;
you will look around and #Lev. 26:5, 6; Ps. 4:8; Prov. 3:24; Isa. 17:2; Zeph. 3:13take your rest in security.
19You will #[See ver. 18 above] lie down, and none will make you afraid;
many will #Ps. 45:12court your favor.
20But #ch. 17:5; 31:16 the eyes of the wicked will fail;
all way of escape will be lost to them,
and their hope is #Jer. 15:9to breathe their last.”