|Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:||Bildad. Jb.8.1-22|
|"How long will you say these things, |
and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
|Does God pervert justice? |
Or does the Almighty pervert the right?
|If your children have sinned against him, |
he has delivered them into the power of their transgression.
|If you will seek God and make supplication to the Almighty,|
|if you are pure and upright, |
surely then he will rouse himself for you
and reward you with a rightful habitation.
|And though your beginning was small,|
your latter days will be very great.
|"For inquire, I pray you, of bygone ages, |
and consider what the fathers have found;
|for we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,|
for our days on earth are a shadow.
|Will they not teach you, and tell you, |
and utter words out of their understanding?
|"Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh? |
Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
|While yet in flower and not cut down, |
they wither before any other plant.
|Such are the paths of all who forget God; |
the hope of the godless man shall perish.
|His confidence breaks in sunder, |
and his trust is a spider's web.
|He leans against his house, but it does not stand; |
he lays hold of it, but it does not endure.
|He thrives before the sun, |
and his shoots spread over his garden.
|His roots twine about the stoneheap; |
he lives among the rocks.
|If he is destroyed from his place,|
then it will deny him, saying, 'I have never seen you.'
|Behold, this is the joy of his way; |
and out of the earth others will spring.
|"Behold, God will not reject a blameless man, |
nor take the hand of evildoers.
|He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, |
and your lips with shouting.
|Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, |
and the tent of the wicked will be no more."
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