Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent1Then aBildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “How long will you say these things,
and the words of your mouth be a bgreat wind?
3 cDoes God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
4If your dchildren have sinned against him,
he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
5If you will seek God
and eplead with the Almighty for mercy,
6if you are pure and upright,
surely then he will frouse himself for you
and grestore your rightful habitation.
7And though your beginning was small,
hyour latter days will be very great.
8 “For iinquire, please, of bygone ages,
and consider what jthe fathers have searched out.
9For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,
for our days on earth are ka shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you
and utter words out of their understanding?
11 “Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
12While yet in flower and not cut down,
they lwither before any other plant.
13Such are the paths of all who mforget God;
nthe hope of othe godless shall perish.
14His confidence is severed,
and his trust is pa spider’s web. ▼
15He leans against his rhouse, but it does not stand;
he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.
16He is a lush plant before the sun,
and his sshoots spread over his garden.
17His roots entwine the stone heap;
he looks upon a house of stones.
18If he is destroyed from his tplace,
then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have never useen you.’
19Behold, this is the joy of his way,
and out of vthe soil others will spring.
20 “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,
nor take the hand of evildoers.
21He will yet wfill your mouth with laughter,
and your lips with shouting.
22Those who hate you will be xclothed with shame,
and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”
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