Zophar’s rebuke
1Zophar from Naamah responded:
2Should all these words go unanswered
or a wordy man be justified?
3Will your idle talk silence everyone;
will you mock and not be put to shame?
4You’ve said, "My teaching is pure,
and I’m clean in God’s#Or your eyes."
Divine secrecy
5But oh, that God would speak,
open his lips against you
6and tell you secrets of wisdom;
for sound insight has two sides.
Know that God lets some of your sin be forgotten.
7Can you find the secret of God
or find the extent of the Almighty?
8They are higher than the heavens—what can you do?
Deeper than the underworld#Heb Sheol—what can you know?
9Its measurement is longer than the earth
and broader than the sea.
10If God passes by, imprisons someone, and calls a trial,
who can stop him?
11He knows worthless people,
sees sin, and certainly#Or does not takes note.
12A stupid person becomes intelligent
when a wild ass of a person is born tame.#Or a wild ass’s colt can be born a man
Abiding hope
13If you make your mind resolute
and spread your palms to him,
14if you throw out the sin in your hands
and don’t let injustice dwell in your tents,
15then you will lift up your face without blemish;
you will be secure and not fear.
16You will forget trouble;
you will remember it as water that flows past.
17A life span will rise brighter than noon;
darkness will be like morning.
18You will be secure, for there is hope;
you will look around and rest safely.
19You will lie down without anyone to scare you;
many will beg for your favor.
20The eyes of the wicked will grow faint;
flight has vanished from them;
their hope is a dying gasp.
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