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Chapter 8

8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:

8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things, seeing that the words of thy mouth are as a mighty wind?

8:3 Doth God pervert judgment? Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

8:4 If thy children sinned against Him, He delivered them into the hand of their transgression.

8:5 If thou wouldest seek earnestly unto God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

8:6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now He would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

8:7 And though thy beginning was small, yet thy end should greatly increase.

8:8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, and apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out--

8:9 For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow--

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

8:11 Can the rush shoot up without mire? Can the reed-grass grow without water?

8:12 Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hope of the godless man shall perish;

8:14 Whose confidence is gossamer, and whose trust is a spider's web.

8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; he shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.

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

8:17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, he beholdeth the place of stones.

8:18 If he be destroyed from his place, then it shall deny him: 'I have not seen thee.'

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

8:20 Behold, God will not cast away an innocent man, neither will He uphold the evil-doers;

8:21 Till He fill thy mouth with laughter, and thy lips with shouting.

8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the tent of the wicked shall be no more.

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