First Speech of Bildad
8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long
shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
8:3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert
8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have
cast them away for their transgression;
8:5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, 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
8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end
should greatly increase.
8:8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and
prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
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 grow up without mire? can the flag grow
8:12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down,
it withereth before any other herb.
8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the
hypocrite's hope shall perish:
8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be
a spider's web.
8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:
he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
8:16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth
forth in his garden.
8:17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the
place of stones.
8:18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny
him, saying, I have not seen thee.
8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the
earth shall others grow.
8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither
will he help the evil doers:
8:21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips
8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and
the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.