1Then answered Zophar the Na'amathite, and said.
2Shall a multitude of words not be answered? and is it so that a man full of talk shall be deemed in the right?
3Thy inventions are to bring men to silence; and when thou utterest thy mocking no one is to cause thee to feel abashed!
4For thou hast said to God, My doctrine is pure, and I am become clean in thy eyes.
5But oh that God would but speak, and open his lips against thee;
6And that he would declare unto thee the secrets of wisdom; for it is double to that which is really in our possession: and thou wouldst experience that God overlooketh unto thee much of thy iniquity.
7Canst thou find out the experience of God? or canst thou find the way unto the utmost limit of the Almighty?
8It is as high as heaven; what canst thou effect? it is deeper than the nether world; what canst thou know?
9Longer than the earth is its measure, and broader than the sea.
10If he pass by, and surrender one to suffering, and call together an assembly, who can hinder him?
11For he knoweth the men of vanity: he seeth the wrong-doer and him who considereth not;
12And the heartless who acquireth intelligence, and him who is like the colt of the wild ass who is transformed into a man.
13If thou truly direct aright thy heart, and spread out thy hands toward him: —
14If wrong be in thy hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tents.
15For then canst thou lift up thy face free from blemish: yea, thou wilt stand steadfast, and needest not to fear;
16Because thou wilt truly forget thy trouble, and as a waterflood that is passed away wilt thou remember it;
17And brighter than the noon of day will thy earthly existence arise; and thy obscurity will be like thy morning.
18And thou wilt feel trust, because there is hope: yea, thou wilt search about carefully, and thou wilt lie down in safety.
19Also thou wilt stretch thyself out to rest, with none to make thee afraid; and many will entreat thy favor.
20But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and the means of escape will vanish from them, and their sole hope shall be the breathing out of their soul.