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Job 11

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 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, and said,

 2 "Should not the multitude of these words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

 3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? And when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

 4 For you have said, 'My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in your [God's] eyes.'

 5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you;1

 6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your iniquity deserves.

 7 Can you by searching find out the depths of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?

 8 They are as high as heaven; what can you do? [Since you are] deeper than hell; what can you know?

 9 The measure of His wisdom is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

 10 If he comes in and imprisons, and gathers to judgment, then who can hinder him?

 11 For he knows vain men. Since he sees wickedness; will he not then consider it?

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

 13 If you prepare your heart, and stretch out your hands toward him;

 14 If iniquity is in your hand and you put it far away, and do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;

 15 Then you shall lift up your face without spot; yes, you shall be steadfast, and shall not fear.

 16 Because you shall forget your misery, and remember it as waters that pass away.

 17 Your life shall be clearer than the noonday. You will shine forth, you will be like the morning.

 18 And you will be secure because there is hope; yes, you shall look around you, and you shall take your rest in safety.

 19 Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many will seek your favors.

 20 But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and they will not escape, and their hope shall be dying.


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1 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against you; The man of the flesh cannot stand to hear a man of the Spirit speak of being pure in his conduct. A man of the flesh wants to believe that purity is impossible; he wants to believe that God somehow will overlook his impurity, his sinful nature, and embrace him into his heavenly company. To accept that purity is possible, makes his assumptions about God being happy with his impurity a bit shaky. To accept that purity, perfection, and holiness is possible is very threatening to a salvation that assumes God welcomes sinners into his company of heaven.

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