Job 8 NIV


1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

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2 “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.

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3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

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4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.

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5 But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,

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6 if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.

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7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.

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8 “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,

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9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.

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10 Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?

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11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?

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12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.

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13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.

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14 What they trust in is fragilea ; what they rely on is a spider’s web.

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    • k 8:14 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      15 They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.

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      16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;

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      17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.
      18 But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.’

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      19 Surely its life withers away, andb from the soil other plants grow.

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        • l 8:19 - Or "Surely all the joy it has" / "is that"
          20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.

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          21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.

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          22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”

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