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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.

Commentary for Job 11

Zophar reproves Job. (1-6) God's perfections and almighty power. (7-12) Zophar assures Job of blessings if he repented. (13-20)1-6 Zophar attacked Job with great vehemence. He represented him as a man that loved to hear himself speak, though he could say nothing to the purpose, and as a man that maintained falsehoods. He desired God would show Job that less punishment was exacted than he deserved. We are ready, with much assurance, to call God to act in our quarrels, and to think that if he would but speak, he would take our part. We ought to leave all disputes to the judgment of God, which we are sure is according to truth; but those are not always right who are most forward to appeal to the Divine judgment.

7-12 Zophar speaks well concerning God and his greatness and glory, concerning man and his vanity and folly. See here what man is; and let him be humbled. God sees this concerning vain man, that he would be wise, would be thought so, though he is born like a wild ass's colt, so unteachable and untameable. Man is a vain creature; empty, so the word is. Yet he is a proud creature, and self-conceited. He would be wise, would be thought so, though he will not submit to the laws of wisdom. He would be wise, he reaches after forbidden wisdom, and, like his first parents, aiming to be wise above what is written, loses the tree of life for the tree of knowledge. Is such a creature as this fit to contend with God?

13-20 Zophar exhorts Job to repentance, and gives him encouragement, yet mixed with hard thoughts of him. He thought that worldly prosperity was always the lot of the righteous, and that Job was to be deemed a hypocrite unless his prosperity was restored. Then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; that is, thou mayst come boldly to the throne of grace, and not with the terror and amazement expressed in ch. #9:34|. If we are looked upon in the face of the Anointed, our faces that were cast down may be lifted up; though polluted, being now washed with the blood of Christ, they may be lifted up without spot. We may draw near in full assurance of faith, when we are sprinkled from an evil conscience, #Heb 10:22|.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Job 11

  • Deborah Legris on Job 11
    this verse is an encouragement to all people no matter what the age. living by faith no matter what the age, or, no matter how many times you repeat a process it will be done with enthusiasm and vigour. faith in what is not seen is the key
  • Michelle on Job 11:16
    the pain and sorrow that you had will be gone an you will not remember it again. the only thing you will remember is how the lord brought you out
  • Paul Solomon on Job 11:6
    My comments owe a debt of gratitude to Wesley's commentary, which helped me crystalize my own thoughts.

    I think Job 11:6 is abundantly mysterious and complex, and appears to have many layers of hidden meaning, as I think there is a lot more to this passage than what can be casually observed in the plain text. The exclamation point at the end of the first sentence is a clear sign that God is trying to get our attention.

    The second sentence seems to indicate that we are indeed fortunate to be allowed to know some of the Lord's secrets, considering that we can barely comprehend the extent of our own imperfections.
  • Stan Almendro on Job 11
    Let us not forget where the Trials of Job started. It was at the challenge of Satan. He saw that Job was BLESSED and that Job lived a life that honored God. We need to deny the focus of the PROSPERITY Cult that wants to make people feel and believe that when tested (By God through whatever cause that initiated the test) they have done something wrong. It is HE at work in us to WILL and to DO at HIS good pleasure. We need to know that our times are in His hands and that HE will never test us beyond what we can bear BUT will make a way of escape by HELPING us to bear it. It can be that God has confidence in the work HE has done in a life and NOTHING can destroy that work as we see in Job. He said Though this thing destroys me yet will I serve Him.
  • Thabo on Job 11
    This is my best verse in the whole of the Bible thus far, it teaches us that when we leave all our sins behind we will become invincible.
  • Q powers on Job 11
  • Ajith wesley on Job 11
    i think jophar was annointed by holyspirit and advising job of their sons sins and job judging others for their sins while his own sons doing sins, he cannot stop them.so he was told be frank in what he thinks .if it is wrong please clarify. thanq
  • Angel on Job 11
    Many people are quick to judge others who are going through trials by saying they have done something sinful to deserve their folly. While sinful deeds often do bring a fall, sometimes we have to endure things so that God can be glorified through us. This was the case with Job, he persevered through his trials. It huts when others judge, but that too is part of our trials. We don't just learn from them, so do those closest to us.
  • Richard Law on Job 11
    Zophar's speech shows that he is not listening to Job and is inattentive to Job's real situation. The other false comforters have offered Job the empty plattitudes of faith, only implying that Job deserves what he suffers; Zophar takes the next step and rebukes Job for lying about his innocence. Even though the comforters spout the orthodoxy of the Old Testament, they are empty vessels.


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Eliphaz wanted to encourage Job, while Bildad wanted to correct Job. What was Zophar's reaction to Job's words?
  • He felt pity for him.
  • He wanted to punish him.
  • He judged him.
  • He warned him.