Bildad Speaks to Job
1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
2“How long will you say such things?
Your words are no more than a strong wind.
3God does not twist fairness.
God All-Powerful 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.
Pray to God All-Powerful for mercy.
6You must be good and honest.
Then he will start doing something for you.
And he will bring you back where you belong.
7The place you began will seem unimportant
because your future will be so successful.
8“Ask old people
and find out what their ancestors learned.
9We were only born yesterday and know nothing.
Our days on earth are like only a shadow.
10Those people will teach you and tell you.
They will tell you what they know.
11Papyrus plants cannot grow tall where there is no wet land.
Reeds cannot grow tall without water.
12While they are still growing and not yet cut,
they will dry up more quickly than grass.
13That is what will happen to everyone who forgets God.
The hope of the person without God will be gone.
14What he trusts in is easily broken.
It is as easily broken as a spider’s web.
15He leans on the spider’s web, but it breaks.
He holds on to it, but it does not hold him up.
16He is like a well-watered plant in the sunshine.
The plant spreads its roots all through the garden.
17It wraps its roots around a pile of rocks.
And it looks for a place among the stones.
18But the plant may be torn from its place.
Then that place rejects it and says, ‘I never saw you.’
19Then its life dries up.
And other plants grow up from the dirt in its place.
20“Surely God does not reject innocent men.
He does not give strength to those who do evil.
21God will yet fill your mouth with laughter.
And he will fill your lips with shouts of joy.
22Your enemies will be covered in shame.
And the tents of the wicked will be gone.”