Zophar Speaks
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2Should this stream of words # Jb 8:2; Pr 10:19; Ec 5:3 go unanswered
and such a talker # Lit a man of lips be acquitted?
3Should your babbling put others to silence,
so that you can keep on ridiculing
with no one to humiliate you?
4You have said, “My teaching # Dt 32:2; Pr 4:2; Is 29:24 is sound,
and I am pure in Your sight.”
5But if only God would speak
and declare His case # Lit and open His lips against you,
6He would show you the secrets of wisdom, # Jb 28:12; 38:36; Ec 7:23,25
for true wisdom has two sides.
Know then that God has chosen to overlook some of your sin. # Ezr 9:13; Ps 103:10
7Can you fathom the depths of God
or discover the limits of the Almighty? # Ec 3:11; 8:17; Rm 11:33
8They are higher than the heavens — what can you do?
They are deeper than Sheol — what can you know? # Dt 30:12-13; Ps 139:8-9; Am 9:2-3
9Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.
10If He passes by and throws someone in prison
or convenes a court, who can stop Him? # Jb 9:12; 23:13; Rv 3:7
11Surely He knows which people are worthless.
If He sees iniquity, will He not take note of it? # Jb 34:25; Ps 10:14
12But a stupid man will gain understanding
as soon as a wild donkey is born a man!
13As for you, if you redirect your heart
and lift up your hands to Him in prayer —
14if there is iniquity in your hand, remove it,
and don’t allow injustice to dwell in your tents —
15then you will hold your head high, free from fault.
You will be firmly established and unafraid. # Jb 22:26; Ps 119:6; 1Jn 3:21
16For you will forget your suffering,
recalling it only as waters that have flowed by.
17Your life will be brighter than noonday;
its darkness # Text emended; MT reads noonday; you are dark, you will be like the morning. # Jb 17:12; Ps 37:6; Is 58:8,10
18You will be confident, because there is hope. # Jb 4:6; Ps 119:116; Jr 17:7
You will look carefully about and lie down in safety. # Jb 24:23; Ps 4:8; Pr 3:24
19You will lie down without fear,
and many will seek your favor. # Ps 45:12; Pr 19:6; 29:26
20But the sight of the wicked # Jb 3:17; 9:22; 18:5 will fail.
Their way of escape will be cut off,
and their only hope is their last breath. # Jb 8:13; Pr 10:28; 11:7