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Bildad Answers

25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

“God rules and he must be honored;
    he set up order in his high heaven.
No one can count God’s armies.
    His light shines on all people.
So no one can be good in the presence of God,
    and no one born to a woman can be pure.
Even the moon is not bright
    and the stars are not pure in his eyes.
People are much less! They are like insects.
    They are only worms!”


25 Then Bildad the Shuhite(A) replied:

“Dominion and awe belong to God;(B)
    he establishes order in the heights of heaven.(C)
Can his forces be numbered?
    On whom does his light not rise?(D)
How then can a mortal be righteous before God?
    How can one born of woman be pure?(E)
If even the moon(F) is not bright
    and the stars are not pure in his eyes,(G)
how much less a mortal, who is but a maggot—
    a human being,(H) who is only a worm!”(I)

25 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,

Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.

Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?

How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?

Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.

How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?

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