Bildad’s First Response to Job
1Then#Hebrew “And” Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,#Hebrew “he said”
2“How long#Literally “Until when” will you say these things,
and the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
3Does God pervert justice,
or#Literally “and if” Shaddai pervert righteousness?
4If your children sinned against him,
then#Hebrew “and” he sent them into the power#Literally “hand” of their transgression.
5If you yourself#Emphatic personal pronoun would seek God,
then#Hebrew “and” you would plead to Shaddai for grace.
6If you are pure and upright,
indeed,#Or “even,” or “yes” now he will rouse himself for you,
and he will restore your righteous abode.
7Though#Hebrew “And” your beginning was small,
your end#Hebrew “and your end” will be very great.
8“Indeed,#Or “For” please inquire of former generations,
and consider what their ancestors have found,#Literally “as to the finding of their fathers”
9for we are of yesterday, and we do not know,
for our days on earth are a shadow.
10Will they themselves#Emphatic personal pronoun not teach you and tell you#Literally “they will say to you”
and utter#Literally “they will bring out” words from their heart?
11Can papyrus grow tall where there is not a marsh?
Will reeds flourish without water?#Or “where there is no water”
12While it is in its flower and is not plucked,
yet#Hebrew “and” it withers before#Literally “to the faces of” all grass.
13So are the paths of all who forget God;
and the hope of the godless will perish,
14whose confidence is cut off
and whose trust#Literally “his trust” is a spider’s house.
15He will lean himself against his house, but#Hebrew “and” it will not stand;
he will take hold of it, but#Hebrew “and” it will not endure.
16He is thriving#Literally “soaked,” or “well-watered” before#Literally “to the faces of” the sun,
and his plant shoots spread over his garden.
17His roots twine over a stone heap;
he sees a house of stone.
18If he destroys him from his place,
then#Hebrew “and” it deceives him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’
19Look, this is the joy of his way,
and from dust others will spring up.
20“Look, God will not reject the blameless,
and he will not uphold the hand of evildoers.
21Yet he will fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with a shout of joy.
22Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”#Literally “there is not it,” or “it is not”