Job 11:1-20 NIV
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2“Are all these words to go unanswered?
Is this talker to be vindicated?
3Will your idle talk reduce others to silence?
Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
4You say to GOD, ‘My beliefs are flawless
and I am pure in YOUR Sight.’
5Oh, how I wish that GOD Would Speak,
that HE Would Open His Lips against you
6and disclose to you the secrets of wisdom,
for true wisdom has two sides.
Know this: GOD Has even Forgotten some of your sin.
7“Can you fathom the Mysteries of GOD?
Can you probe the Limits of The ALMIGHTY?
8They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do?
They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
9Their measure is longer than the earth
and wider than the sea.
10“If HE Comes Along and Confines you in prison
and Convenes a court, who can oppose Him?
11Surely HE Recognizes deceivers;
and when HE Sees evil, Does HE Not Take Note?
12But the witless can no more become wise
than a wild donkey’s colt can be born human.a
13“Yet if you devote your heart to Him
and stretch out your hands to Him,
14 if you put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
15then, free of fault, you will lift up your face;
you will stand firm and without fear.
16You will surely forget your trouble,
recalling it only as waters gone by.
17Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning.
18You will be secure, because there is hope;
you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
19You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid,
and many will court your favor.
20But the eyes of the wicked will fail,
and escape will elude them;
their hope will become a dying gasp.”
Poor Job's wounds were yet bleeding, his sore still runs, but none of his friends bring him any oil, any balm. Zophar, the third, pours into them as much vinegar as the two former had done.
I. He exhibits a very high charge against Job, as proud and false in justifying himself (v. 1-4).
II. He appeals to GOD for his conviction, and begs that GOD Would Take him to task (v. 5) and that Job might be made sensible,
1. Of GOD's Great Wisdom and His Inviolable Justice (v. 6).
2. Of His Unsearchable Perfections (v. 7-9).
3. Of His Incontestable Sovereignty and Uncontrollable Power (v. 10).
4. Of the note HE Takes of the children of men (v. 11, 12).
III. He assures him that, upon his repentance and reformation (v. 13, 14), GOD Would Restore him to his former prosperity and safety (v. 15-19); but that, if he were wicked it was in vain to expect it (v. 20).