Zophar's First Speech So Much Foolish Talk 11 1Zophar from Naamah[D] said: 2So much foolish talk cannot go unanswered. 3Your words have silenced others and made them ashamed; now it is only right for you to be put to shame. 4You claim to be innocent and argue that your beliefs are acceptable to God. 5But I wish God would speak 6and let you know that wisdom has many different sides. You would then discover that God has punished you less than you deserve. 7Can you understand the mysteries surrounding God All-Powerful? 8They are higher than the heavens and deeper than the grave. So what can you do when you know so little, 9and these mysteries outreach the earth and the ocean? 10If God puts you in prison or drags you to court, what can you do? 11God has the wisdom to know when someone is worthless and sinful, 12but it's easier to tame a wild donkey than to make a fool wise.[E] Surrender Your Heart to God 13Surrender your heart to God, turn to him in prayer, 14and give up your sins— even those you do in secret. 15Then you won't be ashamed; you will be confident and fearless. 16Your troubles will go away like water beneath a bridge, 17and your darkest night will be brighter than noon. 18You will rest safe and secure, filled with hope and emptied of worry. 19You will sleep without fear and be greatly respected. 20But those who are evil will go blind and lose their way. Their only escape is death!
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