Job 8:6
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New International Version
if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.

New Living Translation
and if you are pure and live with integrity, he will surely rise up and restore your happy home.

English Standard Version
if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.

New American Standard Bible
If you are pure and upright, Surely now He would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteous estate.

King James Bible
If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
if you are pure and upright, then He will move even now on your behalf and restore the home where your righteousness dwells.

International Standard Version
if you are clean and upright, surely then, he'll act on your behalf and restore your rightful place.

NET Bible
if you become pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself for you, and will restore your righteous abode.

New Heart English Bible
If you were pure and upright, surely now he would awaken for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
if you are moral and ethical, then he will rise up on your behalf and prove your righteousness by rebuilding your home.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou wert pure and upright; Surely now He would awake for thee, And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

New American Standard 1977
If you are pure and upright,
            Surely now He would rouse Himself for you
            And restore your righteous estate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
if thou wert pure and upright, surely now he would awake upon thee and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

King James 2000 Bible
If you were pure and upright; surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

American King James Version
If you were pure and upright; surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

American Standard Version
If thou wert pure and upright: Surely now he would awake for thee, And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou wilt walk clean and upright, he will presently awake onto thee, and will make the dwelling of thy justice peaceable:

Darby Bible Translation
If thou be pure and upright, surely now he will awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous;

English Revised Version
If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

World English Bible
If you were pure and upright, surely now he would awaken for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

Young's Literal Translation
If pure and upright thou art, Surely now He waketh for thee, And hath completed The habitation of thy righteousness.
Study Bible
Bildad: Job Should Repent
5"If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty, 6If you are pure and upright, Surely now He would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteous estate. 7"Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will increase greatly.…
Cross References
Job 5:24
"You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.

Job 22:27
"You will pray to Him, and He will hear you; And you will pay your vows.

Job 34:28
So that they caused the cry of the poor to come to Him, And that He might hear the cry of the afflicted--

Psalm 7:6
Arise, O LORD, in Your anger; Lift up Yourself against the rage of my adversaries, And arouse Yourself for me; You have appointed judgment.

Proverbs 3:33
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the dwelling of the righteous.
Treasury of Scripture

If you were pure and upright; surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

thou wert.

Job 1:8 And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that …

Job 4:6,7 Is not this your fear, your confidence, your hope, and the uprightness …

Job 21:14,15 Therefore they say to God, Depart from us; for we desire not the …

Job 16:17 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

Psalm 26:5,6 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked…

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, …

1 John 3:19-22 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our …

he would.

Psalm 44:23 Awake, why sleep you, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever.

Psalm 59:4,5 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, …

Isaiah 51:9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the …

make.

Job 22:23-30 If you return to the Almighty, you shall be built up, you shall put …

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

(6) If thou wert pure and upright.--Of course, then, there is but one inference: thou art not pure and upright. These are verily the wounds of a friend which are not faithful. Bildad brings to the maintenance of his point the experience of former generations. He wishes to be very orthodox in his assertions, and to base his statements upon authority, and he appeals to the experience of former ages long gone by, and calls them to attest the truth of what he says. He also, like Eliphaz, uses figures, and has recourse to metaphor, only his figures are highly obscure and admit of various explanations. We give that which seems to commend itself most to us. It appears, then, that Bildad contemplates two representative characters, the two which are so prominent throughout this book--namely, the righteous and the wicked. He depicts the latter first, and describes him under the likeness of the paper-reed, or rush that grows in the mire of Egyptian swamps, which, though surrounded with moisture, yet as a matter of fact is liable soon to wither: so is the wicked man, according to this moralist and philosopher. He is surrounded by mercies and blessings, but they avail him nought; he withereth in the midst of abundance.

Verse 6. - If thou wert pure and upright. Job had asserted this, not in so many words, but substantially (Job 6:29, 30). We have God's testimony that it was true (Job 1:8; Job 2:3); not, of course, in the sense that he was absolutely free from sin, but in that qualified sense in which "just," and "righteous," and "pure," and "holy" can be properly used of men. Bildad implies, without boldly asserting it, that he does not believe Job to deserve the epithets, either absolutely or in a qualified sense. If he were so, Surely now he (i.e. God) would awake for thee. This is a common anthropomorphism (see Psalm 7:6; Psalm 35:25; Psalm 44:23; Psalm 59:4, 5; Isaiah 51:9). And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous; or, make peaceful the habitation wherein thy righteousness dwelleth; i.e. make peaceful the habitation wherein thou, a righteous man ex hypothesi dwellest. If thou wert pure and upright,.... By which he tacitly intimates that he was neither; though the character given of him is, that he was perfect and upright, feared God and eschewed evil, and which is confirmed by God himself, and even after he had been tried by sore afflictions. Bildad's meaning is, if he was pure in heart, and upright in his life and conversation, then things would be well with him. Men's hearts are naturally impure; no man is pure of himself, or can make his heart pure; nor is there any good man that is so pure as to be entirely free from sin; but such are pure in heart, who have clean hearts created, and right spirits renewed in them; or have new hearts and new spirits given them; have their hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and so keep the faith in a pure conscience; having their hearts purified by faith in the blood of Christ, whose blood cleanses from all sin; and in this sense Job was pure, having an interest in a living Redeemer, and in his blood, and a partaker of his grace; and that he was upright is before testified of him, though now called in question, an if being put upon it, as well as on the former, having in the course of his life walked uprightly, according to the will of God revealed unto him:

surely now; directly at once, without delay, as Sephorno interprets it; it need not be doubted of, verily so it would be:

he would awake for thee; who though he neither slumbers nor sleeps, yet seems to be asleep when he suffers his people to be afflicted, distressed, and oppressed, and therefore they cry unto him to awake to their judgment, and their cause; see Psalm 7:8; the sense is, that he would stir up and exert himself, and show himself strong on his behalf, and appear to be on his side, and work deliverance and salvation for him; or awake his mercy, grace, and goodness, as some Jewish commentators (p) interpret it; that is, bestow his favours upon him:

and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous; which some understand of his body, the earthly house of his tabernacle, which if his soul was pure and upright that dwelt in it, might be called the habitation of righteousness; which, were this the case, would become healthful that was now covered with worms, and clods of dust: others interpret it of the soul, as Aben Ezra and Ben Gersom, the seat of righteousness, and of all the graces of the Spirit; which is in a prosperous condition when these graces are in lively exercise, and the presence of God, and the light of his countenance, and communion with him, are enjoyed; but rather his dwelling house in a literal sense, and all his domestic affairs, are here meant; and it is signified that all would be again in peace and prosperity, and he should enjoy great plenty of good things should he behave well; and here is a tacit intimation as if his habitation had not been an habitation of righteousness, but had been filled with the mammon of unrighteousness, with goods ill gotten, such as were obtained by rapine and oppression, and neither he nor his family righteous; a very unjust and iniquitous insinuation: the Targum paraphrases it, "and, shall make the beauty of thy righteousness perfect" (q); but Job had a more beautiful righteousness than his own; his was but as rags, and neither pure nor perfect; even the righteousness of Christ, which is perfect and beautiful, and makes such so, that are arrayed with it; see Psalm 50:2.

(p) Gersom, Simeon Bar Tzemach, Sephorno. (q) "pulchritudinent justitiae tuae", Bolducius. 6. He would awake for thee—that is, arise to thy help. God seemed to be asleep toward the sufferer (Ps 35:23; 7:6; Isa 51:9).

make … prosperous—restore to prosperity thy (their) righteous habitation. Bildad assumes it to have been heretofore the habitation of guilt.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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