Job 11:1-20 NIV

Job 11:1-20 NIV [1] Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: [2] "Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated? [3] Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock? [4] You say to God, 'My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.' [5] Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you [6] and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom has two sides. Know this: God has even forgotten some of your sin. [7] "Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? [8] They are higher than the heavens above-what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below-what can you know? [9] Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea. [10] "If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him? [11] Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note? [12] But the witless can no more become wise than a wild donkey's colt can be born human. [13] "Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, [14] if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, [15] then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. [16] You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. [17] Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. [18] You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. [19] You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor. [20] But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp."

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