Job 8:20
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English Standard Version
“Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers.

King James Bible
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:

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:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

11 Doth papyrus grow up without mire?

Doth the reed shoot up without water?

12 It is still in luxuriant verdure, when it is not cut off,

Then before all other grass it with

13 So is the way of all forgetters of God,

And the hope of the ungodly perisheth,

14 Because his hope is cut off,

And his trust is a spider's house:

15 He leaneth upon his house and it standeth not,

He holdeth fast to it and it endureth not.

Bildad likens the deceitful ground on which the prosperity of the godless stands to the dry ground on which, only for a time, the papyrus or reed finds water, and grows up rapidly: shooting up quickly, it withers as quickly; as the papyrus plant,

(Note: Vid., Champollion-Figeac, Aegypten, German translation, pp. 47f.)

if it has no perpetual water, though the finest of grasses, withers off when most luxuriantly green, before it attains maturity. גּמא, which, excepting here, is found only in connection with Egypt (Exodus 2:3; Isaiah 18:2; and Isaiah 35:7, with the general קנה as specific name for reed), is the proper papyrus plant (Cypeerus papyyrus, L.): this name for it is suitably derived in the Hebrew from גּמא, to suck up (comp. Lucan, iv. 136: conseritur bibul Memphytis cymba papyro); but is at the same time Egyptian, since Coptic kam, cham, signifies the reed, and 'gôm, 'gōme, a book (like liber, from the bark of a tree).

(Note: Comp. the Book of the Dead (Todtenbuch), ch. 162: "Chapter on the creation of warmth at the back of the head of the deceased. Words over a young cow finished in pure gold. Put them on the neck of the dead, and paint them also on a new papyrus," etc. Papyrus is here cama: the word is determined by papyrus-roll, fastening and writing, and its first consonant corresponds to the Coptic aspirated g. Moreover, we cannot omit to mention that this cama equals gôme also signifies a garment, as in a prayer: "O my mother Isis, come and veil me in thy cama." Perhaps both ideas are represented in volumen, involucrum; it is, however, also possible that goome is to be etymologically separated from kam, cham equals גמא.)

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Job 4:7 Remember, I pray you, who ever perished, being innocent? or where were the righteous cut off?

Job 9:22 This is one thing, therefore I said it, He destroys the perfect and the wicked.

Psalm 37:24,37 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand...

Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.

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 have held, to subdue nations before him...

Cross References
Genesis 18:25
Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?"

Job 4:7
"Remember: who that was innocent ever perished? Or where were the upright cut off?

Job 21:30
that the evil man is spared in the day of calamity, that he is rescued in the day of wrath?

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