11 And Zoʹphar the Naʹa·ma·thite+ proceeded to answer and say:
2 “Will a multitude of words go unanswered,
Or will a mere boaster* be in the right?
3 Will your empty talk itself put men* to silence,
And will you keep deriding without having anyone rebuke [you]?+
4 Also, you say, ‘My instruction+ is pure,
And I have proved really clean+ in your eyes.’
5 Yet O if only God himself would speak
And open his lips with you!+
6 Then he would tell you the secrets of wisdom,
For the things of practical wisdom are manifold.*
Also, you would know* that God allows some of your error to be forgotten for you.+
7 Can you find out the deep things of God,+
Or can you find out to the very limit of the Almighty?
8 It is higher than heaven. What can you accomplish?
It is deeper than Sheʹol.+ What can you know?
9 It is longer than the earth in measure,
And broader than the sea.
10 If he moves on and hands [someone] over
And calls a court, then who can resist him?
11 For he himself well knows men* who are untrue.+
When he sees what is hurtful, will he not also show himself attentive?
12 Even a hollow-minded man* himself will get good motive
As soon as an asinine zebra be born a man.*
13 If you yourself will really prepare your heart
And actually spread out your palms to him,+
14 If what is hurtful is in your hand, put it far away,
And let no unrighteousness dwell in your tents.
15 For then you will raise your face without defect+
And you will certainly become established, and you will not fear.
16 For you—you will forget trouble itself;
As waters that have passed along you will remember [it].
17 And brighter than midday will [your] life’s duration+ arise;
Darkness will become like the morning itself.+
18 And you will be bound to trust because there exists hope;
And you will certainly look carefully around—in security you will lie down.+
19 And you will indeed stretch yourself out, with no one to make [you] tremble.
And many people will certainly put you in a gentle mood;*+
20 And the very eyes of the wicked will fail;+
And a place for flight will certainly perish from them,+
And their hope will be an expiring of the soul.”+