Job 8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Bildad Says God Rewards the Good
8 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
“How long will you say these things?
And will the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
“Does God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?
“If your children have sinned against Him,
Then He has handed them over to the power of their transgression and punished them.
“If you would [diligently] seek God
And implore the compassion and favor of the Almighty,
Then, if you are pure and upright,
Surely now He will awaken for you
And restore your righteous place.
“Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will greatly increase.
“Inquire, please, of past generations,
And consider and apply yourself to the things searched out by their fathers.
“For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because our days on earth are [like] a shadow [just a breath or a vapor].
“Will they (the fathers) not teach you and tell you,
And utter words from their hearts [the deepest part of their nature]?
“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes or reed grass grow without water?
“While it is still green (in flower) and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other plant [when without water].
“So are the paths of all who forget God;
And the hope of the godless will perish,
For his confidence is fragile and breaks,
And his trust is [like] a spider’s web.
“He trusts in his house, but it does not stand;
He holds tightly to it, but it does not endure.
“He thrives and prospers [like a green plant] before the sun,
And his branches spread out over his garden.
“His [godless] roots are wrapped around a pile of rocks,
And he gazes at a house of stones.
“If he is snatched from his place [in the garden],
Then his place will forget him, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’
“Behold, this is the joy of His way;
And from out of the dust others will spring up and grow [to take his place].
“Behold, God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor will He strengthen or support evildoers.
“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
And your lips with joyful shouting [if you are found blameless].
“Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
And the tents of the wicked will be no longer.”
Job 8 New International Version (NIV)
8 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long will you say such things?
Your words are a blustering wind.
3 Does God pervert justice?
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
4 When your children sinned against him,
he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
5 But if you will seek God earnestly
and plead with the Almighty,
6 if you are pure and upright,
even now he will rouse himself on your behalf
and restore you to your prosperous state.
7 Your beginnings will seem humble,
so prosperous will your future be.
8 “Ask the former generation
and find out what their ancestors learned,
9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing,
and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not instruct you and tell you?
Will they not bring forth words from their understanding?
11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh?
Can reeds thrive without water?
12 While still growing and uncut,
they wither more quickly than grass.
13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God;
so perishes the hope of the godless.
14 What they trust in is fragile;
what they rely on is a spider’s web.
15 They lean on the web, but it gives way;
they cling to it, but it does not hold.
16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine,
spreading its shoots over the garden;
17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks
and looks for a place among the stones.
18 But when it is torn from its spot,
that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.’
19 Surely its life withers away,
and from the soil other plants grow.
20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless
or strengthen the hands of evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame,
and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”