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Job: Chapter 8

Bildad shows God's justice in dealing with men according to their works, 1-7. He alleges antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite, 8-19. He applies God's just dealing to Job, 20-22.

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and said,

2 "How long will you speak these things? And how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

3 Does God pervert judgment? Or does the Almighty pervert justice?

4 If your children have sinned against him, he has cast them away for their transgression.

5 If you would seek God diligently and make your supplication to the Almighty,

6 If you were pure and upright, surely now he would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end would greatly increase.

8 For inquire, I pray you, of the former age, and apply yourself to that which their fathers have searched out.

9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.)

10 Will they not teach you, and tell you, and utter words out of their heart?

11 Can the rush grow without mire? Can the reed grow without water?

12 While it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, it withers before any other herb.

13 Thus are the paths of all who forget God. And the hypocrite's hope shall perish,

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand. He shall firmly hold it, but it shall not endure.

16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shoots forth in his garden.

17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and sees the place of stones.

18 If he destroys him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.'

19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth others shall grow.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evildoers,

21 Until he fills your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.

22 Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame. And the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing."