Job 8

Bildad

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.
3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
5 But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,
6 if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.
7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
8 “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,
9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?
12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.
13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.
14 What they trust in is fragile[a] ; what they rely on is a spider’s web.
15 They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;
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.’
19 Surely its life withers away, and[b] from the soil other plants grow.
20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”

Cross References 39

  • 1. S Genesis 25:2; Job 18:1; Job 25:1
  • 2. Job 11:2; Job 18:2
  • 3. S 2 Chronicles 36:16; S Job 6:26
  • 4. Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Chronicles 19:7; S Job 4:17; Job 34:12; Isaiah 29:15; Romans 3:5
  • 5. S Genesis 18:25; S Jeremiah 12:1
  • 6. Job 1:19
  • 7. Job 9:15; Job 11:13
  • 8. S Job 5:8,27
  • 9. S Job 5:15; Job 22:27; Job 33:26; Job 34:28; Isaiah 58:9; Isaiah 65:24; Psalms 7:6
  • 10. S Job 5:24
  • 11. Job 21:13; Job 22:21; Job 36:11; Psalms 25:13; Job 42:12
  • 12. S Job 1:10; Jeremiah 29:11; Jeremiah 31:17
  • 13. S Deuteronomy 4:32; Deuteronomy 32:7; Job 15:18; S Psalms 71:18
  • 14. S Genesis 47:9
  • 15. S 1 Chronicles 29:15; S 2 Chronicles 10:6; S Psalms 39:6; Job 7:6
  • 16. Proverbs 1:8
  • 17. Proverbs 2:1-2; Proverbs 4:1
  • 18. Job 40:21
  • 19. S Exodus 2:3; Isaiah 19:6; Isaiah 35:7
  • 20. ver 19; S 2 Kings 19:26; Job 18:16; Job 20:5; Psalms 90:5-6; Psalms 102:11; Isaiah 34:4; Isaiah 40:7,24; Psalms 129:6; Jeremiah 17:6
  • 21. Psalms 37:38; Psalms 73:17
  • 22. Psalms 9:17; Psalms 50:22; Isaiah 51:13; Jeremiah 17:6
  • 23. Job 6:9; Job 11:20; Job 13:16; Job 15:34; Job 20:5; Job 27:8; Job 34:30; Psalms 37:1-2; Psalms 112:10; Proverbs 10:28; Proverbs 11:7; Jeremiah 15:9
  • 24. ver 15; Job 27:18; Isaiah 59:5
  • 25. S ver 14; Job 27:18
  • 26. Psalms 49:11; Matthew 7:26-27
  • 27. Psalms 80:11; Isaiah 16:8
  • 28. Psalms 37:35; Jeremiah 11:16
  • 29. Job 20:9; Psalms 103:16
  • 30. S Job 7:8; S Job 14:20; Psalms 37:36
  • 31. S ver 12; S Job 15:30; Job 20:5
  • 32. Psalms 119:90; Ecclesiastes 1:4
  • 33. Job 1:1
  • 34. S Genesis 18:25; Job 21:30
  • 35. S Job 5:22
  • 36. S Ezra 3:13; Job 35:10; Psalms 47:5; Psalms 107:22; Psalms 118:15; Psalms 126:2; Psalms 132:16; Isaiah 35:6
  • 37. Job 27:7; Psalms 6:10; Psalms 35:26; Psalms 44:7; Psalms 53:5; Psalms 71:13; Psalms 86:17; Psalms 109:29; Psalms 132:18; Ezekiel 7:27; Ezekiel 26:16
  • 38. S Job 4:21
  • 39. S 1 Samuel 8:3; Job 18:6,14,21; Job 21:28; Job 27:8,18; Job 34:26; Job 36:6; Job 38:13; Psalms 52:5; Proverbs 14:11

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  • [b]. Or "Surely all the joy it has" / "is that"

Job 8 Commentaries

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