1: Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said, 2: Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified? 3: Should thy falsehoods make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed? 4: For thou hast said, My doctrine [is] pure, and I am clean in thy eyes. 5: But Oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee; 6: And that he would show thee the secrets of wisdom, that [they are] double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee [less] than thy iniquity [deserveth]. 7: Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection? 8: [It is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 9: The measure of it [is] longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. 10: If he shall cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? 11: For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider [it]? 12: For vain man would be wise, though man is born [like] a wild ass's colt. 13: If thou preparest thy heart, and stretchest out thy hands towards him; 14: If iniquity [is] in thy hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles. 15: For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yes, thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear: 16: Because thou shalt forget [thy] misery, [and] remember [it] as waters [that] pass away: 17: And [thy] age shall be clearer than the noon-day: thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. 18: And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yes, thou shalt dig [about thee], [and] thou shalt take thy rest in safety. 19: Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make [thee] afraid; yes, many shall make suit to thee. 20: But the eyes of the wicked shall fail, and they shall not escape, and their hope [shall be as] the expiration of the breath.