Job 8

Bildad’s First Speech to Job1

8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite spoke up and said:

8:2 “How long will you speak these things,2

seeing3 that the words of your mouth

are like a great4 wind?5

8:3 Does God pervert6 justice?7

Or does the Almighty pervert8 what is right?

8:4 If9 your children sinned against him,

he gave them over10 to the penalty11 of their sin.

8:5 But12 if you will look13 to God,

and make your supplication14 to the Almighty,

8:6 if you become15 pure16 and upright,17

even now he will rouse himself18 for you,

and will restore19 your righteous abode.20

8:7 Your beginning21 will seem so small,

since your future will flourish.22

8:8 “For inquire now of the former23 generation,

and pay attention24 to the findings25

of their ancestors;26

8:9 For we were born yesterday27 and do not have knowledge,

since our days on earth are but a shadow.28

8:10 Will they not29 instruct you and30 speak to you,

and bring forth words31

from their understanding?32

8:11 Can the papyrus plant grow tall33 where there is no marsh?

Can reeds flourish34 without water?

8:12 While they are still beginning to flower35

and not ripe for cutting,36

they can wither away37

faster38 than any grass!39

8:13 Such is the destiny40 of all who forget God;

the hope of the godless41 perishes,

8:14 whose42 trust43 is in something futile,44

whose security is a spider’s web.45

8:15 He leans against his house but it does not hold up,46

he takes hold47 of it but it does not stand.

8:16 He is a well-watered plant48 in49 the sun,

its shoots spread50 over its garden.51

8:17 It wraps its roots around a heap52 of stones53

and it looks54 for a place among stones.55

8:18 If he is uprooted56 from his place,

then that place57 will disown him, saying,58

‘I have never seen you!’

8:19 Indeed, this is the joy of his way,59

and out of the earth60 others spring up.61

8:20 “Surely, God does not reject a blameless man,62

nor does he grasp the hand63

of the evildoers.

8:21 He will yet64 fill your mouth with laughter,65

and your lips with gladness.

8:22 Those who hate you66 will be clothed with shame,67

and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”

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