Job 8 – New International Version (NIV)
- Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
- “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.
- Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
- When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
- But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,
- if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state.
- Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
- “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned,
- for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow.
- Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
- Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water?
- While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass.
- Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.
- What they trust in is fragile[a]; what they rely on is a spider’s web.
- They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold.
- They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden;
- it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones.
- But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.’
- Surely its life withers away, and[b] from the soil other plants grow.
- “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers.
- He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.
- Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”
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Job 8 – King James Version (KJV)
- Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
- How long wilt thou speak these things? And how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
- Doth God pervert judgment? Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
- If thy children have sinned against him, And he have cast them away for their transgression;
- If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, And make thy supplication to the Almighty;
- If thou wert pure and upright; Surely now he would awake for thee, And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
- Though thy beginning was small, Yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
- For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, And prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
- (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
- Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, And utter words out of their heart?
- Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water?
- Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, It withereth before any other herb.
- So are the paths of all that forget God; And the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
- Whose hope shall be cut off, And whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
- He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: He shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
- He is green before the sun, And his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
- His roots are wrapped about the heap, And seeth the place of stones.
- If he destroy him from his place, Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
- Behold, this is the joy of his way, And out of the earth shall others grow.
- Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, Neither will he help the evil doers:
- Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, And thy lips with rejoicing.
- They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; And the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.