NASB — Job 8 — KJV

Bildad Says God Rewards the Good

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite Ianswered,
  2 “How long will you say these things,
  And the awords of your mouth be a mighty wind?
  3 “Does aGod pervert justice?
  Or does Ithe Almighty pervert what is right?
  4aIf your sons sinned against Him,
  Then He delivered them into the Ipower of their transgression.
  5 “If you would aseek God
  And implore the compassion of Ithe Almighty,
  6 If you are pure and upright,
  Surely now aHe would rouse Himself for you
  And restore your righteous Ibestate.
  7 “Though your beginning was insignificant,
  Yet your aend will increase greatly.

[1] ILit answered and said
[2] aJb 6:26
[3] IHeb Shaddai aGn 18:25; Dt 32:4; 2Ch 19:7; Jb 34:10, 12; 36:23; 37:23; Ro 3:5
[4] ILit hand aJb 1:5, 18, 19
[5] IHeb Shaddai aJb 5:17-27
[6] ILit place aJb 22:27; 34:28; Ps 7:6 bJb 5:24
[7] aJb 42:12

  8 ¶ “Please ainquire of past generations,
  And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
  9 “For we are [only] of yesterday and know nothing,
  Because aour days on earth are as a shadow.
  10 “Will they not teach you [and] tell you,
  And bring forth words from their minds?

[8] aDt 4:32; 32:7; Jb 15:18; 20:4
[9] aJb 14:2

  11 ¶ “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
  Can the rushes grow without water?
  12 “While it is still green [and] not cut down,
  Yet it withers before any [other] Iplant.
  13 “So are the paths of aall who forget God;
  And the bhope of the godless will perish,
  14 Whose confidence is fragile,
  And whose trust a aspider’s Iweb.
  15 “He Itrusts in his ahouse, but it does not stand;
  He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
  16 “He Iathrives before the sun,
  And his bshoots spread out over his garden.
  17 “His roots wrap around a rock pile,
  He Igrasps a house of stones.
  18 “If he is Iremoved from ahis place,
  Then it will deny him, [saying], ‘bI never saw you.’
  19 “Behold, athis is the joy of His way;
  And out of the dust others will spring.
  20 “Lo, aGod will not reject [a man of] integrity,
  Nor bwill He Isupport the evildoers.
  21 “He will yet fill ayour mouth with laughter
  And your lips with shouting.
  22 “Those who hate you will be aclothed with shame,
  And the btent of the wicked will be no longer.”

[12] ILit reed
[13] aPs 9:17 bJb 11:20; 13:16; 15:34; 20:5; 27:8
[14] ILit house aIs 59:5, 6
[15] ILit leans on aJb 8:22; 27:18; Ps 49:11
[16] ILit is lush aPs 37:35; Jr 11:16 bPs 80:11
[17] IHeb sees
[18] ILit swallowed up aJb 7:10 bJb 7:8
[19] aJb 20:5
[20] ILit strengthen the hand of aJb 4:7 bJb 21:30
[21] aJb 5:22; Ps 126:1, 2
[22] aPs 132:18 bJb 8:15; 15:34; 18:14; 21:28


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Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.

1 ¶ Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2 How long wilt thou speak these [things]? and [how long shall] the words of thy mouth [be like] a strong wind? 3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? 4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; 5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; 6 If thou [wert] pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

[1] Jb 2:11.
[2] Ex 10:3, 7; 1K 19:11; Jb 6:9, 26; 7:11; 11:2; 15:2; 16:3; 18:2; 19:2; Pv 1:22.
[3] Gn 18:25; Dt 32:4; 2Ch 19:7; Jb 4:17; 9:2; 10:3; 19:7; 21:15, 20; 34:5, 10, 12, 17; 35:13; 40:2, 8; Ps 89:14; 99:4; Ezk 18:25; 33:17, 20; Dn 9:14; Ro 2:5; 3:4; Rv 15:3; 16:7.
[4] Gn 13:13; 19:13; Jb 1:5, 18; 5:4; 18:16.
[5] 2Ch 33:12; Jb 5:8; 11:13; 22:21, 24; Is 55:6; Mt 7:7; He 3:7; Jm 4:7.
[6] Jb 1:8; 4:6; 16:17; 21:14; 22:23; Ps 26:5; 44:23; 59:4; Pv 15:8; Is 1:15; 3:10; 51:9; 1Ti 2:8; 1Jn 3:19.
[7] Dt 8:16; Jb 42:12; Pv 4:18; 19:20; Zc 4:10; 14:7; Mt 13:12, 31; 2P 2:20.

He alledgeth antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.

8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: 9 (For we [are but of] yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth [are] a shadow:) 10 Shall not they teach thee, [and] tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? 11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? 12 Whilst it [is] yet in his greenness, [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] herb. 13 So [are] the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: 14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust [shall be] a spider's web. 15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. 16 He [is] green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden. 17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, [and] seeth the place of stones. 18 If he destroy him from his place, then [it] shall deny him, [saying], I have not seen thee. 19 Behold, this [is] the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

[8] Dt 4:32; 32:7; Jb 12:12; 15:10, 18; 32:6; Ps 44:1; 78:3; Is 38:19; Ro 15:4; 1Co 10:11.
[9] Gn 47:9; 1Ch 29:15; Jb 7:6; Ps 39:5; 90:4; 102:11; 144:4.
[10] Dt 6:7; 11:19; Jb 12:7; 32:7; Ps 145:4; Pv 16:23; 18:15; Mt 12:35; He 11:4; 12:1.
[11] Ex 2:3; Is 19:5.
[12] Ps 129:6; Jr 17:6; Mt 13:20; Jm 1:10; 1P 1:24.
[13] Dt 6:12; 8:11, 14, 19; Jb 11:20; 13:16; 15:34; 18:14; 20:5; 27:8; 36:13; Ps 9:17; 10:4; 50:22; Pv 10:28; 12:7; Is 33:14; 51:13; Lm 3:18; Mt 24:51; Lk 12:1.
[14] Is 59:5.
[15] Jb 18:14; 27:18; Ps 52:5; 112:10; Pv 10:28; Mt 7:24; Lk 6:47.
[16] Jb 5:3; 21:7; Ps 37:35; 73:3.
[17] Jb 18:16; 29:19; Is 5:24; 40:24; Jr 12:1; Mk 11:20; Jde 1:12.
[18] Jb 7:10; 20:9; Ps 37:10, 36; 73:18; 92:7.
[19] 1S 2:8; Jb 20:5; Ps 75:7; 113:7; Ezk 17:24; Mt 3:9; 13:20.

He applieth God's just dealings to Job.

20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect [man], neither will he help the evil doers: 21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

[20] Jb 4:7; 9:22; Ps 37:24, 37; 94:14; Is 45:1.
[21] Gn 21:6; Ezr 3:11; Ne 12:43; Ps 32:11; 98:4; 100:1; 126:2, 6; Is 65:13; Lk 6:21.
[22] Jb 7:21; 8:18; Ps 35:26; 109:29; 132:18; 1P 5:5.


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