Job 11-13 New American Standard Bible

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Zophar Accuses Job of Iniquity

11 1  Then Zophar the Naamathite answered , 2  "Shall a multitude of words go unanswered , And a talkative man be acquitted ? 3  "Shall your boasts silence men ? And shall you scoff and none rebuke ? 4  "For you have said , 'My teaching is pure , And I am innocent in your eyes .' 5  "But would e that God might speak , And open His lips against you, 6  And show you the secrets of wisdom ! For sound wisdom has two sides . Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity .

7  " Can you discover the depths of God ? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty ? 8  "They are high as the heavens , what can you do ? 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 shuts up, Or calls an assembly , who can restrain Him? 11  "For He knows false men , And He sees iniquity without investigating . 12  " An idiot e will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man .

13  " If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him, 14  If iniquity is in your hand , put it far away , And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents ; 15  "Then , indeed , you could lift up your face without moral defect , And you would be steadfast and not fear . 16  "For you would forget your trouble , As waters that have passed by, you would remember it. 17  "Your life would be brighter than noonday ; Darkness would be like the morning . 18  "Then you would trust , because there is hope ; And you would look around and rest securely . 19  "You would lie down and none would disturb you, And many would entreat your favor . 20  "But the eyes of the wicked will fail , And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last ."

Job Affirms God's Power and Wisdom

12 1  Then Job responded e , 2  "Truly then you are the people , And with you wisdom will die ! 3  "But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these ? 4  "I am a joke to my friends , The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke . 5  "He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt , As prepared for those whose feet slip .

6  "The tents of the destroyers prosper , And those who provoke God are secure , Whom God brings into their power . 7  "But now ask the beasts , and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens , and let them tell you. 8  "Or speak to the earth , and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you. 9  "Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this , 10  In whose hand is the life of every living thing , And the breath of all mankind e ? 11  "Does not the ear test words , As the palate tastes its food ?

12  "Wisdom is with aged men , With long life is understanding . 13  "With Him are wisdom and might ; To Him belong counsel and understanding . 14  "Behold , He tears down , and it cannot be rebuilt ; He imprisons a man , and there can be no release . 15  "Behold , He restrains the waters , and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth . 16  "With Him are strength and sound wisdom , The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17  "He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges . 18  "He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle . 19  "He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones . 20  "He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders . 21  "He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong . 22  "He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light . 23  "He makes the nations great , then destroys them; He enlarges the nations , then leads them away. 24  "He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth's people And makes them wander in a pathless e waste . 25  "They grope in darkness with no light , And He makes them stagger like a drunken man .

Job Defends His Integrity

13 1  " Behold , my eye has seen all this, My ear has heard and understood it. 2  " What you know I also know ; I am not inferior to you. 3  "But I would speak to the Almighty , And I desire to argue with God . 4  "But you smear with lies ; You are all worthless physicians . 5  "O that you would be completely silent , And that it would become your wisdom ! 6  "Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips . 7  "Will you speak what is unjust for God , And speak what is deceitful for Him? 8  "Will you show partiality e for Him? Will you contend for God ? 9  "Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man ? 10  "He will surely reprove you If you secretly show partiality e . 11  "Will not His majesty terrify you, And the dread of Him fall on you? 12  "Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ashes , Your defenses are defenses of clay .

13  " Be silent before me so that I may speak ; Then let come on me what may. 14  "Why e should I take my flesh in my teeth And put my life in my hands ? 15  " Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before e Him. 16  "This also will be my salvation , For a godless man may not come before His presence . 17  "Listen carefully to my speech , And let my declaration fill your ears . 18  "Behold now , I have prepared my case ; I know that I will be vindicated . 19  " Who will contend with me? For then I would be silent and die . 20  "Only two things do not do to me, Then I will not hide from Your face : 21  Remove Your hand from me, And let not the dread of You terrify me. 22  "Then call , and I will answer ; Or let me speak , then reply to me.

23  " How many are my iniquities and sins ? Make known to me my rebellion and my sin . 24  "Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy ? 25  "Will You cause a driven leaf to tremble ? Or will You pursue the dry chaff ? 26  "For You write bitter things against me And make me to inherit the iniquities of my youth . 27  "You put my feet in the stocks And watch all my paths ; You set a limit for the soles of my feet , 28  While I am decaying like a rotten thing , Like a garment that is moth-eaten e .

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