Job 11 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Job 11 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

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SAB comment

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1 Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

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

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

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

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

6 And that he would shew 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.

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

"Canst thou by searching find out God?" It seems that for once the Bible agrees with reason and answers no to this question. But Paul disagrees in Rom.1:20
Can God be found from reason alone?
The author of the SAB compares apples and oranges. As Paul says in Rom. 1:20 we can know there is a creator. What Job says here is that we cannot know God as he is. We would need to be God ourselves. And although we can know there is a God, many things would be obscure to us if God has not revealed himself to us in his Word. What would we know about Christ if God had not revealed Him to us?

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

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

"The measure thereof is longer than the earth."
(What is the length of a sphere?)
Capella's Guide to Atheism - The Bible's Flat Earth
If the author of the SAB reads every piece of poetry as if it was a science text book, he is missing the point of poetry.
But note that Job clearly says here that the circumference of the earth can be measured. One doesn't fall of a cliff at the end of the earth.
See biblical cosmology for more detail on the supposed flat earth.

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

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

12 For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass’s colt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.