Bildad Says God Rewards the Good1 Then Bildad the Shuhite ▼
▼ Lit answered and saidanswered, 2 “How 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 Shaddaithe Almighty pervert what is right?
4 e “If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He delivered them into the ▼
▼ Lit handpower of their transgression.
5 “If you would g seek God
And implore the compassion of ▼
▼ Heb Shaddaithe Almighty,
6 If you are pure and upright,
Surely now i He would rouse Himself for you
And restore your righteous ▼
▼ Lit place, k estate.
7 “Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your l end will increase greatly.
8 “Please 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.
10 “Will they not teach you and tell you,
And bring forth words from their minds?
11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
12 “While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other ▼
▼ Lit reedplant.
13 “So are the paths of p all who forget God;
And the q hope of the godless will perish,
14 Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a r spider’s ▼
▼ Lit houseweb.
15 “He ▼
▼ Lit leans ontrusts 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.
17 “His roots wrap around a rock pile,
▼ Heb seesgrasps a house of stones.
18 “If he is ▼
▼ Lit swallowed upremoved from aa his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘ ab I never saw you.’
19 “Behold ac this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
20 “Lo ad God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor ae will He ▼
▼ Lit strengthen the hand ofsupport the evildoers.
21 “He will yet fill ag your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouting.
22 “Those who hate you will be ah clothed with shame,
And the ai tent of the wicked will be no longer.”
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