1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,
2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should man ful of talke be iustified?
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 cleane in thine eyes.
5 But, O that God would speake, and open his lippes against thee,
6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisedome, that they are double to that which is: know therefore that God exacteth of thee lesse then thine iniquitie deserueth.
7 Canst thou by searching finde out God? canst thou finde out the Almightie vnto perfection?
8 It is as high as heauen, what canst thou doe? deeper then hell, what canst thou know?
9 The measure therof is longer then the earth, and broader then the sea.
10 If he cut off, and shut vp, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
11 For, he knoweth vaine men: hee seeth wickednesse also, will he not then consider it?
12 For vaine man would be wise; though man be borne like a wilde asses coult.
13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him:
14 If iniquitie be in thine hand, put it farre away, and let not wickednes dwell in thy tabernacles.
15 For then shalt thou lift vp thy face without spot, yea thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not feare:
16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that passe away:
17 And thine age shalbe clearer then the noone day; thou shalt shine foorth, thou shalt be as the morning.
18 And thou shalt be secure because there is hope, yea thou shalt digge about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.
19 Also thou shalt lye downe, and none shall make thee afraid; yea many shall make suite vnto thee.
20 But the eyes of the wicked shall faile, and they shall not escape, and their hope shall be as the giuing vp of the ghost.