Bildad's First Response To Job

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite (a)answered,

1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

1 Then in response, Bildad from Shuah said:

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,

2 “How long will you say these things,And the (A)words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

2 How long will you go on saying these things?Your words(A) are a blast of wind.(B)

2 "How long will you keep talking like this? How long will you keep talking like a wind storm?

2 “How long will you say these things?And will the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

3 “Does (B)God pervert justice?Or does (b)the Almighty pervert what is right?

3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

3 Does God pervert justice?(C)Does the Almighty pervert what is right?(D)

3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what's right?

3 “Does God pervert justice?Or does (a)the Almighty pervert righteousness?

4 (C)If your sons sinned against Him,Then He delivered them into the (c)power of their transgression.

4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;

4 Since your children sinned against Him,He gave them over to their rebellion.

4 "If your children sin against him, he'll make them a prisoner of their sins.

4 “If your children have sinned against Him,Then He has handed them over to the power of their transgression and punished them.

5 “If you would (D)seek GodAnd implore the compassion of (d)the Almighty,

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

5 But if you earnestly seek(E) Godand ask the Almighty for mercy,(F)

5 If you seek God, if you ask the Almighty for mercy,

5 “If you would [diligently] seek GodAnd implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty,

6 If you are pure and upright,Surely now (E)He would rouse Himself for youAnd restore your righteous (e)(F)estate.

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

6 if you are pure and upright,then He will move even now on your behalfand restore the home where your righteousness dwells.(G)

6 if you are clean and upright, surely then, he'll act on your behalf and restore your rightful place.

6 Then, if you are pure and upright,Surely now He will awaken for youAnd restore your righteous place.

7 “Though your beginning was insignificant,Yet your (G)end will increase greatly.

7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

7 Then, even if your beginnings were modest,your final days will be full of prosperity.(H)

7 Your beginning may be small, but later years will be very great.

7 “Though your beginning was insignificant,Yet your end will greatly increase.

Learn From Past Generations

8 “Please (H)inquire of past generations,And consider the things searched out by their fathers.

8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

8 For ask the previous generation,and pay attention to what their fathers discovered,(I)

8 "Inquire of the previous generation, won't you please? Consider what their forefathers searched out.

8 “Inquire, please, of past generations,And consider and apply yourself to the things searched out by their fathers.

9 “For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,Because (I)our days on earth are as a shadow.

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

9 since we were born only yesterday and know nothing.Our days on earth are but a shadow.(J)

9 Because we are of yesterday and we know nothing, for our time on earth is only a shadow.

9 “For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,Because our days on earth are [like] a shadow [just a breath or a vapor].

10 “Will they not teach you and tell you,And bring forth words from their minds?

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

10 Will they not teach you and tell youand speak from their understanding?

10 Won't they instruct you, and tell you, and bring out words from the heart?

10 “Will they (the fathers) not teach you and tell you,And utter words from their hearts [the deepest part of their nature]?

God Does Not Punish The Innocent Person

11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?Can the rushes grow without water?

11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

11 Does papyrus grow where there is no marsh?Do reeds flourish without water?

11 "Can papyrus grow where there's no marsh? Can reeds flourish without water?

11 “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?Can the rushes or reed grass grow without water?

12 “While it is still green and not cut down,Yet it withers before any other (f)plant.

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

12 While still uncut shoots,they would dry up quicker than any other plant.

12 While they are still green and not yet ready to be harvested, they wither before any plant.

12 “While it is still green (in flower) and not cut down,Yet it withers before any other plant [when without water].

13 “So are the paths of (J)all who forget God;And the (K)hope of the godless will perish,

13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

13 Such is the destiny(a) of all who forget God;the hope of the godless(K) will perish.

13 Such are the paths of everyone who forgets God the hope of the godless will be destroyed:

13 “So are the paths of all who forget God;And the hope of the godless will perish,

14 Whose confidence is fragile,And whose trust a (L)spider’s (g)web.

14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

14 His source of confidence is fragile;(b)what he trusts in is a spider’s web.(L)

14 his confidence is shattered; his trust is in a spider's web.

14 For his confidence is fragile and breaks,And his trust is [like] a spider’s web.

15 “He (h)trusts in his (M)house, but it does not stand;He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.

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

15 He leans on his web, but it doesn’t stand firm.He grabs it, but it does not hold up.

15 He leans against his house, but it won't stand; he grabs hold of it firmly, but it doesn't last.

15 “He trusts in his house, but it does not stand;He holds tightly to it, but it does not endure.

16 “He (i)(N)thrives before the sun,And his (O)shoots spread out over his garden.

16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

16 He is a well-watered plant in the sunshine;his shoots spread out over his garden.

16 He is a fresh sapling planted in the sunlight, spreading out its branches over its garden.

16 “He thrives and prospers [like a green plant] before the sun,And his branches spread out over his garden.

17 “His roots wrap around a rock pile,He (j)grasps a house of stones.

17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.

17 His roots are intertwined around a pile of rocks.He looks for a home among the stones.

17 Its roots weave around a pile of stones, seeking to entrench itself among the rocks.

17 “His [godless] roots are wrapped around a pile of rocks,And he gazes at a house of stones.

18 “If he is (k)removed from (P)his place,Then it will deny him, saying, ‘(Q)I never saw you.’

18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.

18 If he is uprooted(c) from his place,it will deny knowing him, saying, “I never saw you.”(M)

18 If he is uprooted from his place, then it will deny him: "I never saw you.'

18 “If he is snatched from his place [in the garden],Then his place will forget him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’

19 “Behold, (R)this is the joy of His way;And out of the dust others will spring.

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

19 Surely this is the joy of his way of life;yet others will sprout from the dust.

19 "Indeed, this is the benefit of God's way: from the soil other plants will sprout.

19 “Behold, this is the joy of His way;And from out of the dust others will spring up and grow [to take his place].

20 “Lo, (S)God will not reject a man of integrity,Nor (T)will He (l)support the evildoers.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

20 Look, God does not reject a person of integrity,and He will not support evildoers.(N)

20 Surely God won't reject those who are blameless or hold hands with those who practice evil.

20 “Behold, God will not reject a man of integrity,Nor will He strengthen or support evildoers.

21 “He will yet fill (U)your mouth with laughterAnd your lips with shouting.

21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughterand your lips with a shout of joy.(O)

21 He will soon fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips will shout with joy.

21 “He will yet fill your mouth with laughterAnd your lips with joyful shouting [if you are found blameless].

22 “Those who hate you will be (V)clothed with shame,And the (W)tent of the wicked will be no longer.”

22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

22 Your enemies will be clothed with shame;(P)the tent(Q) of the wicked will exist no longer.

22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked will no longer exist.

22 “Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,And the tents of the wicked will be no longer.”

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