New Living Translation
"But look, God will not reject a person of integrity, nor will he lend a hand to the wicked.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
8:20 Behold - God who will not help the evildoer, will not cast away a good man, tho he may be cast down. Yet it may be, he will not be lifted up in this world: and therefore Bildad could not infer, that if Job was not restored to temporal prosperity, he was not a good man. Let us judge nothing before the time, but wait 'till the secrets of all hearts are revealed, and the present difficulties of providence solved, to universal and everlasting satisfaction.
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Surely you wouldn't do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn't do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?"
"Stop and think! Do the innocent die? When have the upright been destroyed?
Evil people are spared in times of calamity and are allowed to escape disaster.
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