Job 8:20
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New International Version
"Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

New Living Translation
"But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will he lend a hand to the wicked.

English Standard Version
“Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers.

New American Standard Bible
"Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers.

King James Bible
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, God does not reject a person of integrity, and He will not support evildoers.

International Standard Version
Surely God won't reject those who are blameless or hold hands with those who practice evil.

NET Bible
"Surely, God does not reject a blameless man, nor does he grasp the hand of the evildoers.

New Heart English Bible
"Look, God will not cast away a blameless man, neither will he uphold the evildoers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Certainly, God does not reject a person of integrity or give a helping hand to wicked people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, God will not cast away an innocent man, Neither will He uphold the evil-doers;

New American Standard 1977
“Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity,
            Nor will He support the evildoers.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man; neither will he help the evil doers.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, neither will he help the evil doers:

American King James Version
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

American Standard Version
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
God will not cast away the simple, nor reach out his hand to the evildoer:

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, God will not cast off a perfect man, neither will he take evil-doers by the hand.

English Revised Version
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he uphold the evil-doers.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

World English Bible
"Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, neither will he uphold the evildoers.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, God doth not reject the perfect, Nor taketh hold on the hand of evil doers.
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
19"Behold, this is the joy of His way; And out of the dust others will spring. 20"Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers. 21"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:25
"Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?"

Job 4:7
"Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?

Job 21:30
"For the wicked is reserved for the day of calamity; They will be led forth at the day of fury.
Treasury of Scripture

Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

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help the evil doers. Heb. take the ungodly by the hand

Isaiah 45:1 Thus said the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I …

Verse 20. - Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man. Bildad winds up with words of apparent trust in, and good will towards, Job. God is absolutely just, and will neither forsake the righteous man nor uphold the wicked one. If Job is, as he says, true to God, upright, and (humanly speaking) "perfect," then he has only to go on trusting God; God will not leave him "till he fill his mouth with laughing, and his lips with rejoicing" (ver 21); then "they that irate him shall be clothed with shame, and their dwelling-place shall come to nought' (ver. 22); but if, as we feel instinctively that Bildad believes, Job is not "perfect," but "an evil-doer," then he must expect no relief, no lull in his sufferings; he is obnoxious to all the threatenings which have formed the bulk of Bildad's discourse (vers. 8-20) - be may look to being cut off, like the rush and the flag (vers. 11, 12), crushed like the spider's web (ver. 14), destroyed, and forgotten, like the rapidly growing gourd (Vers. 16-19); he must look for no help from God (ver. 20); but must be contented to pass away and make room for men of a better stamp (ver. 19). Neither will he help the evil-doers; literally, neither will he grasp the hand of evil-doers; i.e. though he may support them for a while, he will not maintain them firmly and constantly. Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,.... A sincere, upright, good man; one that is truly gracious; who, though he is not "perfect" in himself, yet in Christ; and though not with respect to sanctification, which is as yet imperfect in him, yet with respect to justification, being perfectly justified by the righteousness of Christ, and all his sins pardoned for his sake: such an one God will never "cast away"; not out of his sight, being engraven on the palms of his hands, nor out of his heart's love; or will not "loath" (r) him, as the Targum, or reject him with abhorrence and contempt; he will not cast him out of his covenant, which is ordered in all things and sure; nor out of the hands of his son, where he has put him, and from whence none can pluck; nor out of his family, where the son abides for ever; or so as to perish eternally, this would be contrary to his love, to his foreknowledge, and to his covenant; so far is he from it, that he has the greatest regard for such, delights in them, admits thereto nearness to himself, sets them as a seal on his heart, keeps them as the apple of his eye, and preserves them safe to his kingdom and glory:

neither will he help the evil doers; meaning, not everyone that does evil, or sins, but such who live in sin, make a trade of sinning, are frequent and constant in the commission of it; such God will not help, or "take by the hand" (s), in order to deliver from evil, as Gersom observes; to help them out of mischief and trouble their sins have brought upon them; or to strengthen them, support and uphold them, in their present circumstances, and much less so as to admit them to fellowship and communion with him: these words, with what follow, are Bildad's conclusion upon the sayings and sentiments of the ancients, which may be supposed, and are thought by some, to end at the preceding Job 8:19.

(r) "abominatur", Vatablus; "aversatur", Beza, Mercerus, Drusius, Piscator. (s) "nec apprehendit manum", Pagninus, Vatablus, Mercerus, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis. 20. Bildad regards Job as a righteous man, who has fallen into sin.

God will not cast away a perfect man—(or godly man, such as Job was), if he will only repent. Those alone who persevere in sin God will not help (Hebrew, "take by the hand," Ps 73:23; Isa 41:13; 42:6) when fallen.8:20-22 Bildad here assures Job, that as he was so he should fare; therefore they concluded, that as he fared so he was. God will not cast away an upright man; he may be cast down for a time, but he shall not be cast away for ever. Sin brings ruin on persons and families. Yet to argue, that Job was an ungodly, wicked man, was unjust and uncharitable. The mistake in these reasonings arose from Job's friends not distinguishing between the present state of trial and discipline, and the future state of final judgment. May we choose the portion, possess the confidence, bear the cross, and die the death of the righteous; and, in the mean time, be careful neither to wound others by rash judgments, nor to distress ourselves needlessly about the opinions of our fellow-creatures.
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