Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be pronounced free from guilt or blame?
Should your boastings and babble make men keep silent? And when you mock and scoff, shall no man make you ashamed?
For you have said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in eyes.
But oh, that God would speak, and open His lips against you,
And that He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For He is manifold in understanding! Know therefore that God exacts of you less than your guilt and iniquity .
Can you find out the deep things of God, or can you by searching find out the limits of the Almighty ?
His wisdom is as high as the heights of heaven! What can you do? It is deeper than Sheol (the place of the dead)! What can you know?
Longer in measure is it than the earth, and broader than the sea.
If sweeps in and arrests and calls into judgment, who can hinder Him?
For He recognizes and knows hollow, wicked, and useless men (men of falsehood); when He sees iniquity, will He not consider it?
But a stupid man will get wisdom when a wild donkey's colt is born a man .
If you set your heart aright and stretch out your hands to ,
If you put sin out of your hand and far away from you and let not evil dwell in your tents;
Then can you lift up your face to Him without stain ; yes, you shall be steadfast and secure; you shall not fear.
For you shall forget your misery; you shall remember it as waters that pass away.
And life shall be clearer than the noonday and rise above it; though there be darkness, it shall be as the morning.
And you shall be secure and feel confident because there is hope; yes, you shall search about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.
You shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall sue for your favor.
But the eyes of the wicked shall look in vain, and they shall not escape ; and their hope shall be to give up the ghost.
Summary: The reason for the luxuriant growth of believers is that they are planted in the house of the Lord and they flourish in the courts of our God. In other words, they live in daily fellowship with the Lord, drawing their strength and sustenance from Him.
Summary: For Lent and Annunciation: Zophar’s counsel is to "play it safe" by sticking to ideas rather than engaging persons. He thinks that security is the goal. God in Christ takes the risk of loving us and living with us.
Summary: Like Job’s friend Zophar, we eagerly find faults with others, thinking that pointing out their mistakes is all that is needed, and failing to build a relationship first. Contrast with Christ, who "became sin" for us.