11:1And Zophar the Naamathite answereth and saith: --
11:2Is a multitude of words not answered? And is a man of lips justified?
11:3Thy devices make men keep silent, Thou scornest, and none is causing blushing!
11:4And thou sayest, `Pure is my discourse, And clean I have been in Thine eyes.'
11:5And yet, O that God had spoken! And doth open His lips with thee.
11:6And declare to thee secrets of wisdom, For counsel hath foldings. And know thou that God forgetteth for thee, Some of thine iniquity.
11:7By searching dost thou find out God? Unto perfection find out the Mighty One?
11:8Heights of the heavens! -- what dost thou? Deeper than Sheol! -- what knowest thou?
11:9Longer than earth is its measure, And broader than the sea.
11:10If He pass on, and shut up, and assemble, Who then dost reverse it?
11:11For he hath known men of vanity, And He seeth iniquity, And one doth not consider it!
11:12And empty man is bold, And the colt of a wild ass man is born.
11:13If thou -- thou hast prepared thy heart, And hast spread out unto Him thy hands,
11:14If iniquity is in thy hand, put it far off, And let not perverseness dwell in thy tents.
11:15For then thou liftest up thy face from blemish, And thou hast been firm, and fearest not.
11:16For thou dost forget misery, As waters passed away thou rememberest.
11:17And above the noon doth age rise, Thou fliest -- as the morning thou art.
11:18And thou hast trusted because their is hope, And searched -- in confidence thou liest down,
11:19And thou hast rested, And none is causing trembling, And many have entreated thy face;
11:20And the eyes of the wicked are consumed, And refuge hath perished from them, And their hope is a breathing out of soul!
12:1And Job answereth and saith: --
12:2Truly -- ye are the people, And with you doth wisdom die.
12:3I also have a heart like you, I am not fallen more than you, And with whom is there not like these?
12:4A laughter to his friend I am: `He calleth to God, and He answereth him,' A laughter is the perfect righteous one.
12:5A torch -- despised in the thoughts of the secure Is prepared for those sliding with the feet.
12:6At peace are the tents of spoilers, And those provoking God have confidence, He into whose hand God hath brought.
12:7And yet, ask, I pray thee, One of the beasts, and it doth shew thee, And a fowl of the heavens, And it doth declare to thee.
12:8Or talk to the earth, and it sheweth thee, And fishes of the sea recount to thee:
12:9`Who hath not known in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath done this?
12:10In whose hand is the breath of every living thing, And the spirit of all flesh of man.'
12:11Doth not the ear try words? And the palate taste food for itself?
12:12With the very aged is wisdom, And with length of days understanding.
12:13With Him are wisdom and might, To him are counsel and understanding.
12:14Lo, He breaketh down, and it is not built up, He shutteth against a man, And it is not opened.
12:15Lo, He keepeth in the waters, and they are dried up, And he sendeth them forth, And they overturn the land.
12:16With Him are strength and wisdom, His the deceived and deceiver.
12:17Causing counsellors to go away a spoil, And judges He maketh foolish.
12:18The bands of kings He hath opened, And He bindeth a girdle on their loins.
12:19Causing ministers to go away a spoil And strong ones He overthroweth.
12:20Turning aside the lip of the stedfast, And the reason of the aged He taketh away.
12:21Pouring contempt upon princes, And the girdle of the mighty He made feeble.
12:22Removing deep things out of darkness, And He bringeth out to light death-shade.
12:23Magnifying the nations, and He destroyeth them, Spreading out the nations, and He quieteth them.
12:24Turning aside the heart Of the heads of the people of the land, And he causeth them to wander In vacancy -- no way!
12:25They feel darkness, and not light, He causeth them to wander as a drunkard.
13:1Lo, all -- hath mine eye seen, Heard hath mine ear, and it attendeth to it.
13:2According to your knowledge I have known -- also I. I am not fallen more than you.
13:3Yet I for the Mighty One do speak, And to argue for God I delight.
13:4And yet, ye are forgers of falsehood, Physicians of nought -- all of you,
13:5O that ye would keep perfectly silent, And it would be to you for wisdom.
13:6Hear, I pray you, my argument, And to the pleadings of my lips attend,
13:7For God do ye speak perverseness? And for Him do ye speak deceit?
13:8His face do ye accept, if for God ye strive?
13:9Is it good that He doth search you, If, as one mocketh at a man, ye mock at Him?
13:10He doth surely reprove you, if in secret ye accept faces.
13:11Doth not His excellency terrify you? And His dread fall upon you?
13:12Your remembrances are similes of ashes, For high places of clay your heights.
13:13Keep silent from me, and I speak, And pass over me doth what?
13:14Wherefore do I take my flesh in my teeth? And my soul put in my hand?
13:15Lo, He doth slay me -- I wait not! Only, my ways unto His face I argue.
13:16Also -- He is to me for salvation, For the profane cometh not before Him.
13:17Hear ye diligently my word, And my declaration with your ears.
13:18Lo, I pray you, I have set in order the cause, I have known that I am righteous.
13:19Who is he that doth strive with me? For now I keep silent and gasp.
13:20Only two things, O God, do with me: Then from Thy face I am not hidden.
13:21Thy hand put far off from me, And Thy terror let not terrify me.
13:22And call Thou, and I -- I answer, Or -- I speak, and answer Thou me.
13:23How many iniquities and sins have I? My transgression and my sin let me know.
13:24Why dost Thou hide Thy face? And reckonest me for an enemy to Thee?
13:25A leaf driven away dost Thou terrify? And the dry stubble dost Thou pursue?
13:26For Thou writest against me bitter things, And causest me to possess iniquities of my youth:
13:27And puttest in the stocks my feet, And observest all my paths, On the roots of my feet Thou settest a print,
13:28And he, as a rotten thing, weareth away, As a garment hath a moth consumed him.