CLV(i) 1 Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said: 2 Shall this multitude of words not be answered? And should this man of glib lips be justified? 3 Shall your inventions turn men to silence? And shall you keep deriding while there is no one criticizing? 4 Now you say, My doctrine is pure, And I am purified in Your eyes. 5 But howbeit--O that Eloah would speak, That He should open His lips before you!" 6 Then He would tell you obscured secrets of wisdom, For reality has double sides; Hence know this:that Eloah is granting you oblivion of some of your depravity. 7 Can you find out the fathoming of Eloah? Could you find out the perfection of Him Who Suffices? 8 These are loftier than the heavens; what can you contrive? Deeper than the unseen; what can you know? 9 Its measure is longer than the earth And wider than the sea. 10 If He should pass on by or lock up Or assemble a court, who could turn Him back? 11 For He Himself knows men of hypocrisy; When He sees lawlessness, shall He not consider? 12 The hollow man shall become wise of heart Whenever the colt of an onager is born a human. 13 If you yourself prepare your heart, And you spread out your palms to Him, 14 If lawlessness is in your hand, put it far away, And do not allow iniquity to tabernacle in your tents, 15 Then free from blemish, you may lift up your face, And you will become solidly set and shall not fear. 16 For you would forget the misery; You would remember it only like waters that have passed. 17 And higher than the noonday sun your life-course shall rise; Should it be faint, it shall become like the morning. 18 You will trust because there will be expectation; When you reconnoiter, you may lie down in trust. 19 When you recline, there will be no trembling, And many will beseech your face. 20 Yet the eyes of the wicked shall be exhausted, And flight to safety will perish for them And their expectation become their expiring soul.