Zophar's blind argument
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,
Should a multitude of words not be answered?
And should a man of much talk be justified?
Shall your empty talk silence men?
And will you mock, and there be none to shame you?
For you say, My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in Your eyes.
But, oh, that God would speak
And open His lips to you,
And that He would tell you the secrets of wisdom!
For there are two sides to sound reason.
Know then that God has forgotten some of your iniquity.
Can you find out the 1adepths
Can you find out the blimit
of the Almighty?
It is the height of heaven — what can you do?
It is deeper than Sheol — what can you know?
Its measure is longer than that of the earth
And broader than the sea.
If He passes by and imprisons
And summons an assembly, who can stop Him?
For He knows men of falsehood,
And He sees iniquity without considering it.
But an 1empty
-headed man acquires intelligence
When the 1foal
of a wild ass is born as a man.
If you would set your heart right
And stretch your hands out to Him —
If there is iniquity in your hand, put it far away,
And do not let wrong dwell in your tents —
Then indeed you would lift up your face without blemish,
And you would be asteadfast
and would not be afraid.
For you will forget your misery;
You will remember it as waters that have passed away.
And your time here will rise more brightly than the noonday;
Dark though it may be, it will be like the morning.
And you will be secure, for there is hope;
And you will search about and lie down in security.
Indeed you will lie down, and there will be none to terrify you;
And many will entreat your favor.
But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
And fleeing will be lost to them,
And their hope will be to breathe out their life.