Job 8
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1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:1Then in response, Bildad from Shuah said:
2“How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?2"How long will you keep talking like this? How long will you keep talking like a wind storm?
3Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right?3Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what's right?
4If your children have sinned against him, he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.4"If your children sin against him, he'll make them a prisoner of their sins.
5If you will seek God and plead with the Almighty for mercy,5If you seek God, if you 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 clean and upright, surely then, he'll act on your behalf and restore your rightful place.
7And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.7Your beginning may be small, but later years will be very great.
8“For inquire, please, of bygone ages, and consider what the fathers have searched out.8"Inquire of the previous generation, won't you please? Consider what their forefathers searched out.
9For we are but of yesterday and know nothing, for our days on earth are a shadow.9Because we are of yesterday and we know nothing, for our time on earth is only a shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you and utter words out of their understanding?10Won't they instruct you, and tell you, and bring out words from the heart?
11“Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? Can reeds flourish where there is no water?11"Can papyrus grow where there's no marsh? Can reeds flourish without water?
12While yet in flower and not cut down, they wither before any other plant.12While they are still green and not yet ready to be harvested, they wither before any plant.
13Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.13Such are the paths of everyone who forgets God— the hope of the godless will be destroyed:
14His confidence is severed, and his trust is a spider’s web.14his confidence is shattered; his trust is in 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 against his house, but it won't stand; he grabs hold of it firmly, but it doesn't last.
16He is a lush plant before the sun, and his shoots spread over his garden.16He is a fresh sapling planted in the sunlight, spreading out its branches over its garden.
17His roots entwine the stone heap; he looks upon a house of stones.17Its roots weave around a pile of stones, seeking to entrench itself among the rocks.
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, then it will deny him: 'I never saw you.'
19Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the soil others will spring.19"Indeed, this is the benefit of God's way: from the soil other plants will sprout.
20“Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, nor take the hand of evildoers.20Surely God won't reject those who are blameless or hold hands with those who practice evil.
21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.21He will soon fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips will shout with joy.
22Those who hate you will be clothed with 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 no longer exist.
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