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Job 11

See commentary, How Can I Do Anything But Plead With God?, Job 9-12     |     See Bible Dictionary

Zophar reproves Job for justifying himself.

11:1 Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered,

11:2 “Shouldn’t the multitude of words be answered?
Should a man full of talk be justified?

11:3 Should your boastings make men hold their peace?
When you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

11:4 For you say,

‘My doctrine is pure.
I am clean in your eyes.’

God's wisdom is unsearchable.

11:5 But oh that God would speak,
and open his lips against you,

11:6 that he would show you the secrets of wisdom!
For true wisdom has two sides.
Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.

11:7 “Can you fathom the mystery of God?
Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

11:8 They are high as heaven. What can you do?
They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?

11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth,
and broader than the sea.

11:10 If he passes by, or confines,
or convenes a court, then who can oppose him?

11:11 For he knows false men.
He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn’t consider it.

11:12 An empty-headed man becomes wise
when a man is born as a wild donkey’s colt.

The assured blessing of repentance.

11:13 “If you set your heart aright,
stretch out your hands toward him.

11:14 If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away.
Don’t let unrighteousness dwell in your tents.

11:15 Surely then you shall lift up your face without spot;
Yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear:

11:16 for you shall forget your misery.
You shall remember it as waters that are passed away.

11:17 Life shall be clearer than the noonday.
Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.

11:18 You shall be secure, because there is hope.
Yes, you shall search, and shall take your rest in safety.

11:19 Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid.
Yes, many shall court your favor.

11:20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail.
They shall have no way to flee.
Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit.”

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