11:1¤ Then Sophar the Naamathite answered, and said:
11:2Shall not he that speaketh much, hear also? or shall a man full of talk be justified?
11:3Shall men hold their peace to thee only? and when thou hast mocked others, shall no man confute thee?
11:4For thou hast said: My word is pure, and I am clean in thy sight.
11:5And I wish that God would speak with thee, and would open his lips to thee,
11:6That he might shew thee the secrets of wisdom, and that his law is manifold, and thou mightest understand that he exacteth much less of thee, than thy iniquity deserveth.
11:7Peradventure thou wilt comprehend the steps of God, and wilt find out the Almighty perfectly?
11:8He is higher than heaven, and what wilt thou do? he is deeper than hell, and how wilt thou know?
11:9The measure of him is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
11:10If he shall overturn all things, or shall press them together, who shall contradict him?
11:11For he knoweth the vanity of men, and when he seeth iniquity, doth he not consider it?
11:12A vain man is lifted up into pride, and thinketh himself born free like a wild ass's colt.
11:13But thou hast hardened thy heart, and hast spread thy hands to him.
11:14If thou wilt put away from thee the iniquity that is in thy hand, and let not injustice remain in thy tabernacle:
11:15Then mayst thou lift up thy face without spot, and thou shalt be steadfast, and shalt not fear.
11:16Thou shalt also forget misery, and remember it only as waters that are passed away.
11:17And brightness like that of the noonday, shall arise to thee at evening: and when thou shalt think thyself consumed, thou shalt rise as the day star.
11:18And thou shalt have confidence, hope being set before thee, and being buried thou shalt sleep secure.
11:19Thou shalt rest, and there shall be none to make thee afraid: and many shall entreat thy face.
11:20But the eyes of the wicked shall decay, and the way to escape shall fail them, and their hope the abomination of the soul.
12:1¤ Then Job answered, and said:
12:2Are you then men alone, and shall wisdom die with you?
12:3I also have a heart as well as you: for who is ignorant of these things, which you know?
12:4He that is mocked by his friends as I, shall call upon God and he will hear him: for the simplicity of the just man is laughed to scorn.
12:5The lamp despised in the thoughts of the rich, is ready for the time appointed.
12:6The tabernacles of robbers abound, and they provoke God boldly; whereas it is he that hath given all into their hands:
12:7But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee: and the birds of the air, and they shall tell thee.
12:8Speak to the earth, and it shall answer thee: and the fishes of the sea shall tell.
12:9Who is ignorant that the hand of the Lord hath made all these things?
12:10In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the spirit of all flesh of man.
12:11Doth not the ear discern words, and the palate of him that eateth, the taste?
12:12In the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days prudence.
12:13With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.
12:14If he pull down, there is no man that can build up: if he shut up a man, there is none that can open.
12:15If he withhold the waters, all things shall be dried up: and if he send them out, they shall overturn the earth.
12:16With him is strength and wisdom: he knoweth both the deceiver, and him that is deceived.
12:17He bringeth counsellors to a foolish end, and judges to insensibility.
12:18He looseth the belt of kings, and girdeth their loins with a cord.
12:19He leadeth away priests without glory, and overthroweth nobles.
12:20He changeth the speech of the true speakers, and taketh away the doctrine of the aged.
12:21He poureth contempt upon princes, and relieveth them that were oppressed.
12:22He discovereth deep things out of darkness, and bringeth up to light the shadow of death.
12:23He multiplieth nations, and destroyeth them, and restoreth them again after they were overthrown.
12:24He changeth the heart of the princes of the people of the earth, and deceiveth them that they walk in vain where there is no way.
12:25They shall grope as in the dark, and not in the light, and he shall make them stagger like men that are drunk.
13:1¤ Behold my eye hath seen all these things, and my ear hath heard them, and I have understood them all.
13:2According to your knowledge I also know: neither am I inferior to you.
13:3But yet I will speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.
13:4Having first shewn that you are forgers of lies, and maintainers of perverse opinions.
13:5And I wish you would hold your peace, that you might be thought to be wise men.
13:6Hear ye therefore my reproof, and attend to the judgment of my lips.
13:7Hath God any need of your lie, that you should speak deceitfully for him?
13:8Do you accept his person, and do you endeavour to judge for God?
13:9Or shall it please him, from whom nothing can be concealed? or shall he be deceived as a man, with your deceitful dealings?
13:10He shall reprove you, because in secret you accept his person.
13:11As soon as he shall move himself, he shall trouble you: and his dread shall fall upon you.
13:12Your remembrance shall be compared to ashes, and your necks shall be brought to clay.
13:13Hold your peace a little while, that I may speak whatsoever my mind shall suggest to me.
13:14Why do I tear my flesh with my teeth, and carry my soul in my hands?
13:15Although he should kill me, I will trust in him: but yet I will reprove my ways in his sight.
13:16And he shall be my saviour: for no hypocrite shall come before his presence.
13:17Hear ye my speech, and receive with your ears hidden truths.
13:18If I shall be judged, I know that I shall be found just.
13:19Who is he that will plead against me? let him come: why am I consumed holding my peace?
13:20Two things only do not to me, and then from thy face I shall not be hid:
13:21Withdraw thy hand far from me, and let not thy dread terrify me.
13:22Call me, and I will answer thee: or else I will speak, and do thou answer me.
13:23How many are my iniquities and sins? make me know my crimes and offenses.
13:24Why hidest thou thy face, and thinkest me thy enemy?
13:25Against a leaf, that is carried away with the wind, thou shewest thy power, and thou pursuest a dry straw.
13:26For thou writest bitter things against me, and wilt consume me for the sins of my youth.
13:27Thou hast put my feet in the stocks, and hast observed all my paths, and hast considered the steps of my feet:
13:28Who am to be consumed as rottenness, and as a garment that is motheaten.