Job 8
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1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2“How long will you go on saying such things? The words of your mouth are a blustering wind.2“How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
3Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?3Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
4When your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to their rebellion.4If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
5But if you would earnestly seek God and ask the Almighty for mercy,5If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy,
6if you are pure and upright, even now He will rouse Himself on your behalf and restore your righteous estate.6if you are pure and upright, surely then he will rouse himself for you and restore your rightful habitation.
7Though your beginnings were modest, your latter days will be full of prosperity.7And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.
8Please inquire of past generations and consider the discoveries of their fathers.8“For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out.
9For we were born yesterday and know nothing; our days on earth are but a shadow.9For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you, and speak from their understanding?10Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding?
11Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Do reeds flourish without water?11“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
12While the shoots are still uncut, they dry up quicker than grass.12While yet in flower and not cut down, they wither before any other plant.
13Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so the hope of the godless will perish.13Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.
14His confidence is fragile; his security is in a spider’s web.14His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider’s web.
15He leans on his web, but it gives way; he holds fast, but it does not endure.15He leans against his house, but it does not stand; he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.
16He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden.16He is a lush plant before the sun, and his shoots spread over his garden.
17His roots wrap around the rock heap; he looks for a home among the stones.17His roots entwine the stone heap; he looks upon a house of stones.
18If he is uprooted from his place, it will disown him, saying, ‘I never saw you.’18If he is destroyed from his place, then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’
19Surely this is the joy of His way; yet others will spring from the dust.19Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the soil others will spring.
20Behold, God does not reject the blameless, nor will He strengthen the hand of evildoers.20“Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers.
21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with a shout of joy.21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.
22Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”22Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”
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