Then Bildad the Shuhiteaanswered,
2"Howlong will you saythesethings, And the 1words of your mouth be a mightywind?
"Does 2Godpervertjustice? Or does bthe Almightypervertwhat is right?
"3If your sonssinned against Him, Then He delivered them into the cpower of their transgression.
5"If you would 4seekGod And implore the compassion of dthe Almighty,
6If you are pure and upright, Surelynow5He would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteouse6estate.
"Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your 7end will increasegreatly.
8"Please8inquire of pastgenerations, And consider the thingssearched out by their fathers.
"For we are only of yesterday and knownothing, Because9our days on earth are as a shadow.
"Will they not teach you and tell you, And bringforthwords from their minds?
"Can the papyrusgrow up without a marsh? Can the rushesgrowwithoutwater?
"While it is stillgreen and not cutdown, Yet it withersbeforeany other fplant.
13"So are the paths of 10allwhoforgetGod; And the 11hope of the godless will perish,
14Whoseconfidence is fragile, And whose trust a 12spider'sgweb.
"He htrusts in his 13house, but it does not stand; He holdsfast to it, but it does not endure.
"He i14thrivesbefore the sun, And his 15shootsspread out over his garden.
"His rootswraparound a rockpile, He jgrasps a house of stones.
18"If he is kremoved from 16his place, Then it will deny him, saying, '17I neversaw you.'
19"Behold, 18this is the joy of His way; And out of the dustothers will spring.
20"Lo, 19God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor20will He lsupport the evildoers.
"He will yetfill21your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting.
"Those who hate you will be 22clothed with shame, And the 23tent of the wicked will be no longer."