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