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Job Eleven

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Job 11:1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Job 11:2 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

Job 11:3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?

Job 11:4 For thou hast said, My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in thine eyes.

thou hast said. Job had not said any such thing. He had acknowledged that he was a sinner (Job 7:20; etc.). But he had confessed all known sin and had offered sacrifices, not only for himself but also for his family (Job 1:5).

Job 11:5 But oh that God would speak, and open his lips against thee;

Job 11:6 And that he would show 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.

Job 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?

find out God. This rhetorical question by Zophar does at least indicate his realization that God was the infinite Creator, even though he had little understanding of His grace and love.

Job 11:8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

high as heaven. Comparing the infinitude of God to heaven indicates that Zophar had a realistic concept of the magnitude of the universe, quite unlike the claim of some critics that the Bible teaches that the stars were affixed to a celestial dome of some kind.

Job 11:9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

Job 11:11 For he knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?

Job 11:12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt.

Job 11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

Job 11:14 If iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away, and let not wickedness dwell in thy tabernacles.

Job 11:15 For then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:

Job 11:16 Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

Job 11:17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.

Job 11:18 And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.

Job 11:19 Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid; yea, many shall make suit unto thee.

Job 11:20 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.