1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:
"Should not the multitude of words be answered?
And should 1 a man full of talk be vindicated? 3 Should your empty talk make men 2 hold their peace?
And when you mock, should no one rebuke you? 4 For you have said,
a 'My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in your eyes.' 5 But oh, that God would speak,
And open His lips against you, 6 That He would show you the secrets of wisdom!
For they would double your prudence.
Know therefore that b God 3 exacts from you
Less than your iniquity deserves.
"Can c you search out the deep things of God?
Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than heaven - what can you do?
Deeper than 4 Sheol - what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth
And broader than the sea. 10 "If d He passes by, imprisons, and gathers to judgment,
Then who can 5 hinder Him? 11 For e He knows deceitful men;
He sees wickedness also.
Will He not then consider it? 12 For an f empty-headed man will be wise,
When a wild donkey's colt is born a man.
"If you would g prepare your heart,
And h stretch out your hands toward Him; 14 If iniquity were in your hand, and you put it far away,
And i would not let wickedness dwell in your tents; 15 j Then surely you could lift up your face without spot;
Yes, you could be steadfast, and not fear; 16 Because you would k forget your misery,
And remember it as waters that have passed away, 17 And your life l would be brighter than noonday.
Though you were dark, you would be like the morning. 18 And you would be secure, because there is hope;
Yes, you would dig around you, and m take your rest in safety. 19 You would also lie down, and no one would make you afraid;
Yes, many would court your favor. 20 But n the eyes of the wicked will fail,
And they shall not escape,
And o their hope - 6 loss of life!"