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 speakAnd 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] overAnd 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 motiveAs soon as an asinine zebra be born a man.* 13 If you yourself will really prepare your heartAnd 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.”+
^ Lit., “a man of lips.”
^ “Men.” Heb., methimʹ, adult males.
^ Lit., “doubled.”
^ Lit., “And know you,” imperative.
^ See vs 3 ftn.
^ “Even a . . . man.” Heb., weʼishʹ.
^ Or, “an earthling man.” Heb., ʼa·dhamʹ.
^ Lit., “soften your face.”