Job

Job 11 ©

1Zophar sharply reproveth Job for justifying himself: 7he sheweth that God's counsels are unsearchable; 13and that repentance is the only sure way for him to recover lost happiness.

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THEN answered aZophar the Naamathite, and said,

a ch. 2.11.
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Should not the bmultitude of words be answered? and should 1a man full of talk be justified?

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Should thy 2lies make men hold their peace? and when thou cmockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?

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For thou hast said, dMy doctrine is pure, and I eam clean in thine eyes.

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But foh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

f ch. 9.35; 38-41.
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And that he would shew thee the gsecrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God hexacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

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iCanst thou by searching jfind out God? canst thou find out the Almighty kunto perfection?

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It is l3as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

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The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

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mIf he 4cut off, and nshut up, or gather together, then 5who can hinder him?

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For he oknoweth pvain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

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For 6vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

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If thou qprepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

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If iniquity be rin thine hand, sput it far away, and let not wickedness tdwell in thy *tabernacles.

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For then shalt thou ulift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

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Because thou shalt vforget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

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wAnd thine age shall 7be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

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And xthou shalt be *secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

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Also ythou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, zmany shall 8make suit unto thee.

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But athe eyes of the wicked bshall fail, and 9they shall not escape, and ctheir hope shall be as 10the giving up of the ghost.

a ch. 17.5.