Job 8
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1Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:1Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2"How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.2How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
3Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?3Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
4When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.4If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
5But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,5If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
6if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.6If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
7Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.7Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
8"Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,8For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
9for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.9(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
10Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?10Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?
11Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?11Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
12While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.12Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
13Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.13So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:
14What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider's web.14Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.
15They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.15He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;16He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
17it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.17His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
18But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, 'I never saw you.'18If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
19Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow.19Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
20"Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.20Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.21Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
22Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more."22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.
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