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Bildad: Job Should Repent

8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “How long will you speak these things,

And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

3 aDoes God subvert judgment?

Or does the Almighty pervert justice?

4 If byour sons have sinned against Him,

He has cast them away 1for their transgression.

5 cIf you would earnestly seek God

And make your supplication to the Almighty,

6 If you were pure and upright,

Surely now He would 2awake for you,

And prosper your rightful dwelling place.

7 Though your beginning was small,

Yet your latter end would dincrease abundantly.

8 “For einquire, please, of the former age,

And consider the things discovered by their fathers;

9 For fwe were born yesterday, and know 3nothing,

Because our days on earth are a shadow.

10 Will they not teach you and tell you,

And utter words from their heart?

11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?

Can the reeds flourish without water?

12 gWhile it is yet green and not cut down,

It withers before any other plant.

13 So are the paths of all who hforget God;

And the hope of the ihypocrite shall perish,

14 Whose confidence shall be cut off,

And whose trust is 4a spider’s web.

15 jHe leans on his house, but it does not stand.

He holds it fast, but it does not endure.

16 He grows green in the sun,

And his branches spread out in his garden.

17 His roots wrap around the rock heap,

And look for a place in the stones.

18 kIf he is destroyed from his place,

Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’

19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way,

And lout of the earth others will grow.

20 Behold, mGod will not 5cast away the blameless,

Nor will He uphold the evildoers.

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,

And your lips with 6rejoicing.

22 Those who hate you will be nclothed with shame,

And the dwelling place of the wicked 7will come to nothing.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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