2 “How long will you [L continue to] say such things? Your words are ·no more than [L a strong] wind [C he accuses Job of passion without substance]. 3 God does not ·twist [pervert] justice; ·the Almighty [Shaddai] does not ·make wrong [twist; pervert] ·what is right [righteousness]. 4 [L If] Your children sinned against God, and he ·punished them for their sins [L sent them into the power of their transgression]. 5 ·But [L If] you ·should ask God for help [L look for God] and ·pray [plead] to ·the Almighty [Shaddai] for ·mercy [grace]. 6 If you are ·good [pure] and ·honest [virtuous; 1:1, 8; 2:3], he will ·stand up [L immediately rouse himself] for you and ·bring you back [restore you] ·where you belong [to your right/righteous pasture/place/home]. 7 ·Where you began will seem unimportant [L Though your start was small], ·because your future will be so successful [L your end will be exalted].
8 “Ask ·old people [L the previous generation]; ·find out [reflect on] what their ancestors learned, 9 because we were only born yesterday and know nothing. Our days on earth are only a shadow. 10 Those people will teach you and tell you and speak about what they know. 11 ·Papyrus plants cannot [L Do papyrus plants…?] grow where there is no swamp, ·and reeds cannot [L or reeds…?] grow tall without water. 12 While they are still growing and not yet cut, they will dry up quicker than grass [Ps. 37:2; 102:4, 11; 129:6]. 13 That is ·what will happen to [L the path of] those who forget God; the hope of the ·wicked [godless] will ·be gone [perish]. 14 ·What they hope in is easily broken [L Their confidence is gossamer thread]; what they trust is like a spider’s web [C without substance]. 15 They lean on ·the spider’s web [L its house], but it ·breaks [L does not stand]. They grab it, but it does not hold up. 16 They are like well-watered plants in the sunshine that spread their roots all through the garden. 17 They wrap their roots around a pile of rocks and look for a place among the stones. 18 But if a plant is torn from its place, then that place rejects it and says, ‘I never saw you.’ 19 Now ·joy has gone away [or it (the plant) dissolves on the way]; other plants grow up from the same dirt.
20 “Surely God does not reject the innocent or ·give strength to [or grasp the hand of] those who do evil. 21 God will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. 22 ·Your enemies [L Those who hate you] will be covered with shame, and the tents of the wicked will be gone.”
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