Job 8:20
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New International Version
"Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

King James Bible
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, God will not cast off a perfect man, neither will he take evil-doers by the hand.

World English Bible
"Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, neither will he uphold the evildoers.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, God doth not reject the perfect, Nor taketh hold on the hand of evil doers.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man - This is another of the maxims of the ancients, which Bildad produces: "As sure as he will punish and root out the wicked, so surely will he defend and save the righteous."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


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...

Two 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.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Hebrew Sages and their Proverbs
[Sidenote: Role of the sages in Israel's life] In the days of Jeremiah and Ezekiel (Jer. xviii. 18; Ezek. vii. 26) three distinct classes of religious teachers were recognized by the people: the prophets, the priests, and the wise men or sages. From their lips and pens have come practically all the writings of the Old Testament. Of these three classes the wise men or sages are far less prominent or well known. They wrote no history of Israel, they preached no public sermons, nor do they appear
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 18:25
Far be it from you to do such a thing--to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Job 4:7
"Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed?

Job 21:30
that the wicked are spared from the day of calamity, that they are delivered from the day of wrath?

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