1: Then Zophar, the Naamathite, answered,
2: "Shouldn't the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?
3: Should your boastings make men hold their peace? When you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?
4: For you say, 'My doctrine is pure. I am clean in your eyes.'
5: But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you,
6: that he would show you the secrets of wisdom! For true wisdom has two sides. Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.
7: "Can you fathom the mystery of God? Or can you probe the limits of the Almighty?
8: They are high as heaven. What can you do? They are deeper than Sheol. What can you know?
9: Its measure is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
10: If he passes by, or confines, or convenes a court, then who can oppose him?
11: For he knows false men. He sees iniquity also, even though he doesn't consider it.
12: An empty-headed man becomes wise when a man is born as a wild donkey's colt.
13: "If you set your heart aright, stretch out your hands toward him.
14: If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away. Don't let unrighteousness dwell in your tents.
15: Surely then you shall lift up your face without spot; Yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear:
16: for you shall forget your misery. You shall remember it as waters that are passed away.
17: Life shall be clearer than the noonday. Though there is darkness, it shall be as the morning.
18: You shall be secure, because there is hope. Yes, you shall search, and shall take your rest in safety.
19: Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. Yes, many shall court your favor.
20: But the eyes of the wicked shall fail. They shall have no way to flee. Their hope shall be the giving up of the spirit."