Job 8

Bildad Says God Rewards the Good

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

Please m inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
“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 reed
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 house
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.
17 His roots wrap around a rock pile,
Heb sees
grasps a house of stones.
18 If he is
Lit swallowed up
removed 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 of
support 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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