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Job 8 Good News Translation (GNT)

1-2 Are you finally through with your windy speech?
God never twists justice;
    he never fails to do what is right.
Your children must have sinned against God,
    and so he punished them as they deserved.
But turn now and plead with Almighty God;
    if you are so honest and pure,
    then God will come and help you
    and restore your household as your reward.
All the wealth you lost will be nothing
    compared with what God will give you then.

Look for a moment at ancient wisdom;
    consider the truths our ancestors learned.
Our life is short, we know nothing at all;
    we pass like shadows across the earth.
10 But let the ancient wise people teach you;
    listen to what they had to say:

11 “Reeds can't grow where there is no water;
    they are never found outside a swamp.
12 If the water dries up, they are the first to wither,
    while still too small to be cut and used.
13 Godless people are like those reeds;
    their hope is gone, once God is forgotten.
14 They trust a thread—a spider's web.
15     If they lean on a web, will it hold them up?
    If they grab for a thread, will it help them stand?”

16 Evil people sprout like weeds in the sun,
    like weeds that spread all through the garden.
17 Their roots wrap around the stones
    and hold fast to[a] every rock.
18 But then pull them up—
    no one will ever know they were there.
19 Yes, that's all the joy evil people have;
    others now come and take their places.

20 But God will never abandon the faithful
    or ever give help to evil people.
21 He will let you laugh and shout again,
22     but he will bring disgrace on those who hate you,
    and the homes of the wicked will vanish.


  1. Job 8:17 Probable text hold fast to; Hebrew see.
Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Job 8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

“How long will you say these things,
    and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
Does God pervert justice?
    Or does the Almighty[a] pervert the right?
If your children sinned against him,
    he delivered them into the power of their transgression.
If you will seek God
    and make supplication to the Almighty,[b]
if you are pure and upright,
    surely then he will rouse himself for you
    and restore to you your rightful place.
Though your beginning was small,
    your latter days will be very great.

“For inquire now of bygone generations,
    and consider what their ancestors have found;
for we are but of yesterday, and we know nothing,
    for our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you
    and utter words out of their understanding?

11 “Can papyrus grow where there is no marsh?
    Can reeds flourish where there is no water?
12 While yet in flower and not cut down,
    they wither before any other plant.
13 Such are the paths of all who forget God;
    the hope of the godless shall perish.
14 Their confidence is gossamer,
    a spider’s house their trust.
15 If one leans against its house, it will not stand;
    if one lays hold of it, it will not endure.
16 The wicked thrive[c] before the sun,
    and their shoots spread over the garden.
17 Their roots twine around the stoneheap;
    they live among the rocks.[d]
18 If they are destroyed from their place,
    then it will deny them, saying, ‘I have never seen you.’
19 See, these are their happy ways,[e]
    and out of the earth still others will spring.

20 “See, God will not reject a blameless person,
    nor take the hand of evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter,
    and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
    and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”


  1. Job 8:3 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  2. Job 8:5 Traditional rendering of Heb Shaddai
  3. Job 8:16 Heb He thrives
  4. Job 8:17 Gk Vg: Meaning of Heb uncertain
  5. Job 8:19 Meaning of Heb uncertain
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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Job 8 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

The Baldad the Suhite answered, and said:

How long wilt thou speak these things, and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

Doth God pervert judgment, or doth the Almighty overthrow that which is just?

Although thy children have sinned against him, and he hath left them in the hand of their iniquity:

Yet if thou wilt arise early to God, and wilt beseech the Almighty:

If thou wilt walk clean and upright, he will presently awake onto thee, and will make the dwelling of thy justice peaceable:

Insomuch, that if thy former things were small, thy latter things would be multiplied exceedingly.

For inquire of the former generation, and search diligently into the memory of the fathers:

(For we are but of yesterday, and are ignorant that our days upon earth are but a shadow:)

10 And they shall teach thee: they shall speak to thee, and utter words out of their hearts.

11 Can the rush be green without moisture? or a sedge-bush grow without water?

12 When it is yet in flower, and is not plucked up with the hand, it withereth before all herbs.

13 Even so are the ways of all that forget God, and the hope of the hypocrite shall perish:

14 His folly shall not please him, and his trust shall be like the spider's web.

15 He shall lean upon his house, and it shall not stand: he shall prop it up, and it shall not rise:

16 He seemeth to have moisture before the sun cometh, and at his rising his blossom shall shoot forth.

17 His roots shall be thick upon a heap of stones, and among the stones he shall abide.

18 If one swallow him up out of his place, he shall deny him, and shall say: I know thee not.

19 For this is the joy of his way, that others may spring again out of the earth.

20 God will not cast away the simple, nor reach out his hand to the evildoer:

21 Until thy mouth be filled with laughter, and thy lips with rejoicing.

22 They that hate thee, shall be clothed with confusion: and the dwelling of the wicked shall not stand.

Job 8 The Message (MSG)

Bildad’s Response

Does God Mess Up?

1-7 Bildad from Shuhah was next to speak:

“How can you keep on talking like this?
    You’re talking nonsense, and noisy nonsense at that.
Does God mess up?
    Does God Almighty ever get things backward?
It’s plain that your children sinned against him—
    otherwise, why would God have punished them?
Here’s what you must do—and don’t put it off any longer:
    Get down on your knees before God Almighty.
If you’re as innocent and upright as you say,
    it’s not too late—he’ll come running;
    he’ll set everything right again, reestablish your fortunes.
Even though you’re not much right now,
    you’ll end up better than ever.

To Hang Your Life from One Thin Thread

8-19 “Put the question to our ancestors,
    study what they learned from their ancestors.
For we’re newcomers at this, with a lot to learn,
    and not too long to learn it.
So why not let the ancients teach you, tell you what’s what,
    instruct you in what they knew from experience?
Can mighty pine trees grow tall without soil?
    Can luscious tomatoes flourish without water?
Blossoming flowers look great before they’re cut or picked,
    but without soil or water they wither more quickly than grass.
That’s what happens to all who forget God—
    all their hopes come to nothing.
They hang their life from one thin thread,
    they hitch their fate to a spider web.
One jiggle and the thread breaks,
    one jab and the web collapses.
Or they’re like weeds springing up in the sunshine,
    invading the garden,
Spreading everywhere, overtaking the flowers,
    getting a foothold even in the rocks.
But when the gardener rips them out by the roots,
    the garden doesn’t miss them one bit.
The sooner the godless are gone, the better;
    then good plants can grow in their place.

20-22 “There’s no way that God will reject a good person,
    and there is no way he’ll help a bad one.
God will let you laugh again;
    you’ll raise the roof with shouts of joy,
With your enemies thoroughly discredited,
    their house of cards collapsed.”

The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

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