8 Then Bildad the Shuhitei replied:
2 “How long will you say such things?j
Your words are a blustering wind.k
3 Does God pervert justice?l
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?m
he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.n
even now he will rouse himself on your behalfq
and restore you to your prosperous state.r
8 “Ask the former generationu
and find out what their ancestors learned,
9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,v
and our days on earth are but a shadow.w
10 Will they not instructx you and tell you?
Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?y
11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?z
Can reedsa thrive without water?
they wither more quickly than grass.b
so perishes the hope of the godless.e
14 What they trust in is fragilea;
what they rely on is a spider’s web.f
15 They lean on the web,g but it gives way;
they cling to it, but it does not hold.h
and looks for a place among the stones.
19 Surely its life withersm away,
20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blamelesso
or strengthen the hands of evildoers.p
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughterq
and your lips with shouts of joy.r
22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,s
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