Job 8 TNIV

Bildad

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite1 replied:

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2 "How long will you say such things?2 Your words are a blustering wind.3

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3 Does God pervert justice?4 Does the Almighty pervert what is right?5

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4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.6

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5 But if you will seek God earnestly and plead7 with the Almighty,8

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6 if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf9 and restore you to your prosperous state.10

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7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous11 will your future be.12

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8 "Ask the former generation13 and find out what their ancestors learned,

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9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,14 and our days on earth are but a shadow.15

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10 Will they not instruct16 you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?17

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11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?18 Can reeds19 thrive without water?

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12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.20

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13 Such is the destiny21 of all who forget God;22 so perishes the hope of the godless.23

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14 What they trust in is fragilea; what they rely on is a spider's web.24

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    • a 8:14 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
      15 They lean on the web,25 but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.26

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      16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots27 over the garden;28

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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 disowns29 it and says, 'I never saw you.'30

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      19 Surely its life withers31 away, andb from the soil other plants grow.32

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        • b 8:19 - Or "Surely all the joy it has / is that"
          20 "Surely God does not reject the blameless33 or strengthen the hands of evildoers.34

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          21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter35 and your lips with shouts of joy.36

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          22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,37 and the tents38 of the wicked will be no more."39