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? Deeper than Sheol: what can you know? 9: The measure of it 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: But vain man can become wise If a man can be 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 shall you 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."