11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man a full of talk be justified?
(a) Should he persuade by his great talk that he
11:4 For thou hast said, b
My doctrine [is] pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.
(b) He charges Job with this, that he should say,
that the thing which he spoke was true, and that he was without sin in the
sight of God.
11:6 And that he would shew
thee the c secrets of wisdom, that [they
are] double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee [less]
than thine iniquity [deserveth].
(c) Which is not to stand in justifying of
yourself: he signifies that man will never be overcome while he reasons with
another, and therefore God must break off the controversy, and stop man's
11:8 [It is] as high as
heaven; what canst thou do? d deeper
than hell; what canst thou know?
(d) That is, this perfection of God, and if man
is not able to comprehend the height of the heavens, the depth of the earth,
the breadth of the sea, which are but creatures, how can he attain to the
perfection of the creator.
11:10 If he cut off, and e
shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
(e) If God should turn the state of things and
establish a new order in nature, who could control him?
11:12 For vain man would be
wise, though man be born [like] a wild f
(f) That is, without understanding, so that
whatever gifts he has afterward come from God, and not from nature.
11:13 If thou g
prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
(g) If you repent, pray to him.
11:14 If iniquity [be] in thine h
hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
(h) Renounce your own evil works and see that
they do not offend God, over whom you have charge.
11:15 For then shalt thou lift up thy i
face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
(i) He declares the quietness of conscience and
success in all things that they shall have who turn to God in true repentance.
But the eyes k of the wicked shall fail,
and they shall not escape, and their hope [shall be as] the giving up of the
(k) He shows that contrary things will come to
them who do not repent.