Bildad Speaks to Job
1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
2“How long will you say such things?
Your words are no more than wind.
3God does not twist justice;
the Almighty does not make wrong what is right.
4Your children sinned against God,
and he punished them for their sins.
5But you should ask God for help
and pray to the Almighty for mercy.
6If you are good and honest,
he will stand up for you
and bring you back where you belong.
7Where you began will seem unimportant,
because your future will be so successful.
8“Ask old people;
find out what their ancestors learned,
9because we were only born yesterday and know nothing.
Our days on earth are only a shadow.
10Those people will teach you and tell you
and speak about what they know.
11Papyrus plants cannot grow where there is no swamp,
and reeds cannot grow tall without water.
12While they are still growing and not yet cut,
they will dry up quicker than grass.
13That is what will happen to those who forget God;
the hope of the wicked will be gone.
14What they hope in is easily broken;
what they trust is like a spider’s web.
15They lean on the spider’s web, but it breaks.
They grab it, but it does not hold up.
16They are like well-watered plants in the sunshine
that spread their roots all through the garden.
17They wrap their roots around a pile of rocks
and look for a place among the stones.
18But if a plant is torn from its place,
then that place rejects it and says, ‘I never saw you.’
19Now joy has gone away;
other plants grow up from the same dirt.
20“Surely God does not reject the innocent
or give strength to those who do evil.
21God will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.
22Your enemies will be covered with shame,
and the tents of the wicked will be gone.”