American Standard Version (ASV) - Job 11

11 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 boastings make men hold their peace?
And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
4 For thou sayest, My doctrine is pure,
And I am clean in thine 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!
For he is manifold in understanding.
Know therefore that God [a]exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.

7 [b]Canst thou by searching find out God?
Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
8 [c]It is high as heaven; what canst thou do?
Deeper than Sheol; what canst thou know?
9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth,
And broader than the sea.
10 If he pass through, and shut up,
And [d]all unto judgment, then who can hinder him?
11 For he knoweth false men:
He seeth iniquity also, [e]even though he consider it not.
12 [f]But vain man is void of understanding,
Yea, man is born as a wild ass’s colt.

13 If thou set thy heart aright,
And stretch out thy hands toward him;
14 If iniquity be in thy hand, put it far away,
And let not unrighteousness dwell in thy tents.
15 Surely then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot;
Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
16 For thou shalt forget thy misery;
Thou shalt remember it as waters that are passed away,
17 And thy life shall [g]be clearer than the noonday;
Though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope;
Yea, thou shalt search about thee, and shalt take thy rest in safety.
19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid;
Yea, many shall make suit unto thee.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall fail,
And [h]they shall have no way to flee;
And their hope shall be the giving up of the ghost.


  1. Job 11:6 Or, remitteth (Hebrew causeth to be forgotten) unto thee of thine iniquity
  2. Job 11:7 Or, Canst thou find out the deep things of God?
  3. Job 11:8 Hebrew The heights of heaven.
  4. Job 11:10 Hebrew call an assembly.
  5. Job 11:11 Or, and him that considereth not
  6. Job 11:12 Or, But an empty man will get understanding, when a wild ass’s colt is born a man.
  7. Job 11:17 Or, arise above
  8. Job 11:20 Hebrew refuge is perished from them.

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