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Job 8:1–22

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

Then cBildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“How long will you say these things,

and the words of your mouth be a dgreat wind?

eDoes God pervert justice?

Or does the Almighty pervert the right?

If your fchildren have sinned against him,

he has delivered them into the hand of their transgression.

If you will seek God

and gplead with the Almighty for mercy,

if you are pure and upright,

surely then he will hrouse himself for you

and irestore your rightful habitation.

And though your beginning was small,

jyour latter days will be very great.

“For kinquire, please, of bygone ages,

and consider what lthe fathers have searched out.

For we are but of yesterday and know nothing,

for our days on earth are ma shadow.

10  Will they not teach you and tell you

and utter words out of their understanding?

11  “Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?

Can reeds flourish where there is no water?

12  While yet in flower and not cut down,

they nwither before any other plant.

13  Such are the paths of all who oforget God;

pthe hope of qthe godless shall perish.

14  His confidence is severed,

and his trust is ra spider’s web.1

15  He leans against his shouse, but it does not stand;

he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.

16  He is a lush plant before the sun,

and his tshoots spread over his garden.

17  His roots entwine the stone heap;

he looks upon a house of stones.

18  If he is destroyed from his uplace,

then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have never vseen you.’

19  Behold, this is the joy of his way,

and out of wthe soil others will spring.

20  “Behold, God will not reject a blameless man,

nor take the hand of evildoers.

21  He will yet xfill your mouth with laughter,

and your lips with shouting.

22  Those who hate you will be yclothed with shame,

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

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