Job 11 – New International Version (NIV)


  1. Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
  2. “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?
  3. Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
  4. You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’
  5. Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you
  6. and 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?
  8. They are higher than the heavens above—what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below—what can you know?
  9. Their 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?
  11. Surely he recognizes deceivers; and when he sees evil, does he not take note?
  12. But 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,
  15. then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear.
  16. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by.
  17. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning.
  18. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.
  19. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor.
  20. But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.”


a. Job 11:12 Or wild donkey can be born tame

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Job 11 – King James Version (KJV)

Zophar’s Speech

  1. 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 lies make men hold their peace? And when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
  4. For thou hast said, 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 shew thee the secrets of wisdom, That they are double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee less than thine iniquity deserveth.
  7. Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
  8. It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? Deeper than hell; what canst thou know?
  9. The measure thereof is longer than the earth, And broader than the sea.
  10. If he cut off, and shut up, Or gather together, then who can hinder him?
  11. For he knoweth vain men: He seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?
  12. For vain man would be wise, Though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.
  13. If thou prepare thine heart, And stretch out thine hands toward him;
  14. If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, And let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.
  15. For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; Yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
  16. Because thou shalt forget thy misery, And remember it as waters that pass away:
  17. And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; Thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
  18. And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; Yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou 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 they shall not escape, And their hope shall be as the giving up of the ghost.