Job 8:3
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Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

New Living Translation
Does God twist justice? Does the Almighty twist what is right?

English Standard Version
Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right?

New American Standard Bible
"Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?

King James Bible
Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

International Standard Version
Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what's right?

NET Bible
Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?

New Heart English Bible
Does God pervert justice? Or does Shaddai pervert righteousness?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Does God distort justice, or does the Almighty distort righteousness?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Doth God pervert judgment? Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

New American Standard 1977
“Does God pervert justice
            Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall God pervert that which is right or shall the Almighty pervert justice?

King James 2000 Bible
Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?

American King James Version
Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?

American Standard Version
Doth God pervert justice? Or doth the Almighty pervert righteousness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth God pervert judgment, or doth the Almighty overthrow that which is just?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth God pervert judgment, and the Almighty pervert justice?

English Revised Version
Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth God pervert judgment; or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

World English Bible
Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth God pervert judgment? And doth the Mighty One pervert justice?
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
2"How long will you say these things, And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind? 3"Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right? 4"If your sons sinned against Him, Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.…
Cross References
Romans 3:5
But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms.

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?"

Deuteronomy 32:4
"The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.

2 Chronicles 19:7
"Now then let the fear of the LORD be upon you; be very careful what you do, for the LORD our God will have no part in unrighteousness or partiality or the taking of a bribe."

Job 34:10
"Therefore, listen to me, you men of understanding. Far be it from God to do wickedness, And from the Almighty to do wrong.

Job 34:12
"Surely, God will not act wickedly, And the Almighty will not pervert justice.

Job 36:3
"I will fetch my knowledge from afar, And I will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.

Job 36:23
"Who has appointed Him His way, And who has said, 'You have done wrong '?

Job 37:23
"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.
Treasury of Scripture

Does God pervert judgment? or does the Almighty pervert justice?


Job 4:17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?

Job 9:2 I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?

Job 10:3 Is it good to you that you should oppress, that you should despise …

Job 19:7 Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but …

Job 34:5,12,17-19 For Job has said, I am righteous: and God has taken away my judgment…

Job 40:8 Will you also cancel my judgment? will you condemn me, that you may …

Genesis 18:25 That be far from you to do after this manner, to slay the righteous …

Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: …

2 Chronicles 19:7 Why now let the fear of the LORD be on you; take heed and do it: …

Ezekiel 18:25 Yet you say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house …

Ezekiel 33:17,20 Yet the children of your people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: …

Psalm 89:14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of your throne: mercy and …

Daniel 9:14 Therefore has the LORD watched on the evil, and brought it on us: …

Romans 2:5 But after your hardness and impenitent heart treasure up to yourself …

Romans 3:4-6 God forbid: yes, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is …


Job 21:15,20 What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should …

Job 34:10-12 Therefore listen to me you men of understanding: far be it from God, …

Job 35:13 Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

Job 40:2 Shall he that contends with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproves …

Psalm 99:4 The king's strength also loves judgment; you do establish equity, …

Revelation 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song …

Revelation 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, …

Verse 3. - Doth God pervert judgment? This was, no doubt, what Job's words of expostulation might seem to imply. But he had never gone so far as to make the direct charge, and a true friend would have shrunk from taxing him with an impiety, witch could only be deduced from his speech by way of inference. It is our duty to put the best construction that we can on our friends' words, no less than upon their actions. Or doth the Almighty pervert justice? "Justice" is not altogether the same thing with "judgment." Judgment is the act, justice the principle which underlies or ought to underlie the act. It is, of course, impossible for God to pervert either. "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (Genesis 18:25). Doth God pervert judgment?.... In his dealings with men in the way of his providence; no, he does not; here Bildad opposes himself to Job, who he thought had charged God with injustice in dealing with him, and his children, in the manner he had done: the same thing is intended in the following question:

or doth the Almighty pervert justice? for judgment and justice are the same, and often go together in Scripture, as being done either by God or men, when righteousness is executed by them, and this is never perverted by the Lord; there is no unrighteousness in him, neither in his nature, nor in his ways and works, either of providence or of grace; he is the Judge of all the earth, that does and will do right; to subvert a man in his cause, he approves not of in others, and will never do it himself; to justify the wicked, and condemn the just, are both an abomination to him, and therefore neither of these can ever be thought to be done by him; for though he justifies the ungodly, he does not justify their ungodliness, nor them in it, but from it, and that by the perfect righteousness of his Son; whereby the law is fulfilled, and justice satisfied, and so he is just while he is the justifier of him that believes in Jesus; though he is gracious and merciful, he is also righteous, and will not clear the guilty, or pardon sin without satisfaction to his justice; and such as are truly just or righteous, he never condemns here or hereafter; he may afflict them, but he delivers them out of their afflictions, nor are they ever forsaken by him; and, on the contrary, he punishes wicked men in this world, and in that to come, as he has the angels that sinned, the old world, Sodom and Gomorrah, and many others, and all wicked men will be punished with everlasting destruction; yea, even so strict is his punitive justice, that the sins of his own people being laid and found on his Son as their surety, he has most severely punished him for them; he awoke the sword of justice against him, spared him not, but delivered him to death for us all; and though he forgives the iniquities of his children, he takes vengeance on their inventions, and chastises them for their sins, that they may not be condemned with the world; and, on the other hand, he is not unrighteous to forget their work and labour of love, which he rewards in a way of grace, as well as it is a righteous thing with him to render tribulation to them that trouble them: the righteousness of God is known by the judgments he executes on wicked men, and especially will be manifest in his judgments on antichrist; and though the justice of God in the course of his providence, in some instances, may not now be so clear, his judgments will be made manifest, and especially at the great day of judgment, when everything shall be brought to account, and God will judge the world in righteousness; all which, we may be assured of, is and will be executed by him, from the consideration of his nature and perfections, and particularly from the name he goes by in this passage, being El, the mighty God, who is able to save and to destroy, to save the righteous, and destroy the wicked; and is Shaddai, all sufficient, stands in need of nothing; nor can he receive anything that is not his own, and therefore incapable of being bribed to the perversion of justice and judgment. 3. The repetition of "pervert" gives an emphasis galling to Job (Job 34:12). "Wouldst thou have God," as thy words imply, "pervert judgment," by letting thy sins go unpunished? He assumes Job's guilt from his sufferings.8:1-7 Job spake much to the purpose; but Bildad, like an eager, angry disputant, turns it all off with this, How long wilt thou speak these things? Men's meaning is not taken aright, and then they are rebuked, as if they were evil-doers. Even in disputes on religion, it is too common to treat others with sharpness, and their arguments with contempt. Bildad's discourse shows that he had not a favourable opinion of Job's character. Job owned that God did not pervert judgment; yet it did not therefore follow that his children were cast-aways, or that they did for some great transgression. Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, sometimes they are the trials of extraordinary graces: in judging of another's case, we ought to take the favorable side. Bildad puts Job in hope, that if he were indeed upright, he should yet see a good end of his present troubles. This is God's way of enriching the souls of his people with graces and comforts. The beginning is small, but the progress is to perfection. Dawning light grows to noon-day.
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