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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 11

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Zophar's First Speech. 1And Zophar the Naamathite spoke out and said:

2Should not the man of many words be answered, or must the garrulous man necessarily be right? 3Shall your babblings keep men silent, and shall you deride and no one give rebuke? 4Shall you say: “My teaching is pure, and I am clean in your sight”? 5But oh, that God would speak, and open his lips against you, 6And tell you that the secrets of wisdom are twice as effective: So you might learn that God will make you answer for your guilt. 7Can you penetrate the designs of God? u Rom 11, 33 . Dare you vie with the perfection of the Almighty? 8It is higher than the heavens; what can you do? It is deeper than the nether world; what can you know? 9It is longer than the earth in measure, and broader than the sea. 10If he seize and imprison or call to judgment, who then can say him nay? 11For he knows the worthlessness of men and sees iniquity; will he then ignore it? 12Will empty man then gain understanding, and the wild jackass v Jb 39, 5–8 . be made docile? 13If you set your heart aright and stretch out your hands toward him, 14If you remove all iniquity from your conduct, and let not injustice dwell in your tent, 15Surely then you may lift up your face in innocence; you may stand firm and unafraid. 16For then you shall forget your misery, or recall it like waters that have ebbed away. 17Then your life shall be brighter than the noonday; its gloom shall become as the morning, 18And you shall be secure, because there is hope; you shall look round you and lie down in safety, w Lv 26, 6; Ps 4, 9 . 19and you shall take your rest with none to disturb. Many shall entreat your favor, 20but the wicked, looking on, shall be consumed with envy. Escape shall be cut off from them, they shall wait to expire.

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u: Rom 11, 33 .

v: Jb 39, 5–8 .

w: Lv 26, 6; Ps 4, 9 .

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