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Job 8

See commentary, If I Have Sinned, What Have I Done To You, Lord?, Job 5-8     |     See Bible Dictionary

Bildad shews God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.

8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,

8:2 “How long will you speak these things?
Shall the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

8:3 Does God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?

8:4 If your children have sinned against him,
He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.

8:5 If you want to seek God diligently,
make your supplication to the Almighty.

8:6 If you were pure and upright,
surely now he would awaken for you,
and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.

8:7 Though your beginning was small,
yet your latter end would greatly increase.

He alleges antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.

8:8 “Please inquire of past generations.
Find out about the learning of their fathers.

8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,
because our days on earth are a shadow.)

8:10 Shall they not teach you, tell you,
and utter words out of their heart?

8:11 “Can the papyrus grow up without mire?
Can the rushes grow without water?

8:12 While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down,
it withers before any other reed.

8:13 So are the paths of all who forget God.
The hope of the godless man shall perish,

8:14 Whose confidence shall break apart,
Whose trust is a spider’s web.

8:15 He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand.
He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure.

8:16 He is green before the sun.
His shoots go forth over his garden.

8:17 His roots are wrapped around the rock pile.
He sees the place of stones.

8:18 If he is destroyed from his place,
then it shall deny him, saying,

‘I have not seen you.’

8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way:
out of the earth, others shall spring.

He applies God's just dealing to Job.

8:20 “Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man,
neither will he uphold the evildoers.

8:21 He will still fill your mouth with laughter,
your lips with shouting.

8:22 Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame.
The tent of the wicked shall be no more.”

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