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.
7Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly.
8Please inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
9For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because our days on earth are as a shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you,
And bring forth words from their minds?
11Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
12While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other plant.
13So are the paths of all who forget God;
And the hope of the godless will perish,
14Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spiders web.
15He trusts in his house, but it does not stand;
He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
16He thrives before the sun,
And his shoots spread out over his garden.
17His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He grasps a house of stones.
18If he is removed from his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, I never saw you.
19Behold, this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
20Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor will He support the evildoers.
21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouting.
22Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
And the tent of the wicked will be no longer.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God, And make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Yet if thou wilt arise early to God, and wilt beseech the Almighty:
Darby Bible Translation
If thou seek earnestly unto �God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty,
English Revised Version
If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Webster's Bible Translation
If thou wouldst seek to God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
World English Bible
If you want to seek God diligently, make your supplication to the Almighty.
Young's Literal Translation
If thou dost seek early unto God, And unto the Mighty makest supplication,
LibraryTwo Kinds of Hope
'Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.'--JOB viii. 14. 'And hope maketh not ashamed.'--ROMANS v. 5. These two texts take opposite sides. Bildad was not the wisest of Job's friends, and he gives utterance to solemn commonplaces with partial truth in them. In the rough it is true that the hope of the ungodly perishes, and the limits of the truth are concealed by the splendour of the imagery and the perfection of artistic form in which the well-worn platitude is draped. …
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The Beginning, Increase, and End of the Divine Life
Now, the utterances of Bildad, and of the other two men who came to comfort Job, but who made his wounds tingle, are not to be accepted as being inspired. They spake as men--as mere men. They reasoned no doubt in their own esteem logically enough; but the Spirit of God was not with hem in their speech, therefore with regard to any sentiment which we find uttered by these men, we must use our own judgment; and if it be not in consonance with the rest of Holy Scriptures, it will be our bounden duty …
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Whether all Merits and Demerits, One's Own as Well as those of Others, Will be Seen by Anyone at a Single Glance?
Objection 1: It would seem that not all merits and demerits, one's own as well as those of others, will be seen by anyone at a single glance. For things considered singly are not seen at one glance. Now the damned will consider their sins singly and will bewail them, wherefore they say (Wis. 5:8): "What hath pride profited us?" Therefore they will not see them all at a glance. Objection 2: Further, the Philosopher says (Topic. ii) that "we do not arrive at understanding several things at the same …
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The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
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Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament
The Eternity and Unchangeableness of God.
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Instruction for the Ignorant:
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John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
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