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Job 8 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Bildad from Shuhah was next to speak: 1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 "How can you keep on talking like this? You're talking nonsense, and noisy nonsense at that. 2 "How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.
3 Does God mess up? Does God Almighty ever get things backwards? 3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
4 It's plain that your children sinned against him - otherwise, why would God have punished them? 4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
5 Here's what you must do - and don't put it off any longer: Get down on your knees before God Almighty. 5 But if you will look to God and plead with the Almighty,
6 If you're as innocent and upright as you say, it's not too late - he'll come running; he'll set everything right again, reestablish your fortunes. 6 if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your rightful place.
7 Even though you're not much right now, you'll end up better than ever. To Hang Your Life from One Thin Thread 7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
8 "Put the question to our ancestors, study what they learned from their ancestors. 8 "Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned,
9 For we're newcomers at this, with a lot to learn, and not too long to learn it. 9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 So why not let the ancients teach you, tell you what's what, instruct you in what they knew from experience? 10 Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
11 Can mighty pine trees grow tall without soil? Can luscious tomatoes flourish without water? 11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?
12 Blossoming flowers look great before they're cut or picked, but without soil or water they wither more quickly than grass. 12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.
13 That's what happens to all who forget God - all their hopes come to nothing. 13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.
14 They hang their life from one thin thread, they hitch their fate to a spider web. 14 What he trusts in is fragile; what he relies on is a spider's web.
15 One jiggle and the thread breaks, one jab and the web collapses. 15 He leans on his web, but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold.
16 Or they're like weeds springing up in the sunshine, invading the garden, 16 He is like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;
17 Spreading everywhere, overtaking the flowers, getting a foothold even in the rocks. 17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.
18 But when the gardener rips them out by the roots, the garden doesn't miss them one bit. 18 But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, 'I never saw you.'
19 The sooner the godless are gone, the better; then good plants can grow in their place. 19 Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow.
20 "There's no way that God will reject a good person, and there is no way he'll help a bad one. 20 "Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers.
21 God will let you laugh again; you'll raise the roof with shouts of joy, 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 With your enemies thoroughly discredited, their house of cards collapsed." 22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more."