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Job 10

The Book of Job

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Chapter 11

1

 Then Zophar the Naamathite made answer and said, 

 


2

 Are all these words to go unanswered? and is a man seen to be right because he is full of talk? 

 


3

 Are your words of pride to make men keep quiet? and are you to make sport, with no one to put you to shame? 

 


4

 You may say, My way is clean, and I am free from sin in your eyes. 

 


5

 But if only God would take up the word, opening his lips in argument with you; 

 


6

 And would make clear to you the secrets of wisdom, and the wonders of his purpose! 

 


7

 Are you able to take God's measure, to make discovery of the limits of the Ruler of all? 

 


8

 They are higher than heaven; what is there for you to do? deeper than the underworld, and outside your knowledge; 

 


9

 Longer in measure than the earth, and wider than the sea. 

 


10

 If he goes on his way, shutting a man up and putting him to death, who may make him go back from his purpose? 

 


11

 For in his eyes men are as nothing; he sees evil and takes note of it. 

 


12

 And so a hollow-minded man will get wisdom, when a young ass of the field gets teaching. 

 


13

 But if you put your heart right, stretching out your hands to him; 

 


14

 If you put far away the evil of your hands, and let no wrongdoing have a place in your tent; 

 


15

 Then truly your face will be lifted up, with no mark of sin, and you will be fixed in your place without fear: 

 


16

 For your sorrow will go from your memory, like waters flowing away: 

 


17

 And your life will be brighter than day; though it is dark, it will become like the morning. 

 


18

 And you will be safe because there is hope; after looking round, you will take your rest in quiet; 

 


19

 Sleeping with no fear of danger; and men will be desiring to have grace in your eyes; 

 


20

 But the eyes of the evil-doers will be wasting away; their way of flight is gone, and their only hope is the taking of their last breath. 

 


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