Job 8

Bildad Says God Rewards the Good

1Then Bildad the Shuhite
Lit answered and said
answered,
2How long will you say these things,
And the b  words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
3“Does c  God pervert justice?
Or does
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty pervert what is right?
4 e  If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He delivered them into the
Lit hand
power of their transgression.
5If you would g  seek God
And implore the compassion of
Heb Shaddai
the Almighty,
6If you are pure and upright,
Surely now i  He would rouse Himself for you
And restore your righteous
Lit place
,
k  estate.
7Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your l  end will increase greatly.

8Please m  inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
9“For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because n  our days on earth are as a shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you,
And bring forth words from their minds?

11Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
12While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other
Lit reed
plant.
13So are the paths of p  all who forget God;
And the q  hope of the godless will perish,
14Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a r  spider’s
Lit house
web.
15“He
Lit leans on
trusts in his u  house, but it does not stand;
He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
16“He
Lit is lush
,
w  thrives before the sun,
And his x  shoots spread out over his garden.
17His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He
Heb sees
grasps a house of stones.
18If he is
Lit swallowed up
removed from aa  his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘ ab  I never saw you.’
19Behold ac  this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
20Lo ad  God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor ae  will He
Lit strengthen the hand of
support the evildoers.
21He will yet fill ag  your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouting.
22Those who hate you will be ah  clothed with shame,
And the ai  tent of the wicked will be no longer.”

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