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   The Book of Job.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
VIII
 
 
[1]    THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
[2]  How long wilt thou speak these things?
And how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a mighty wind?
[3]  Doth God pervert justice?
Or doth the Almighty pervert righteousness?
[4]  If 1 thy children have sinned against him,
And he hath delivered them into the hand of their transgression;
[5]  If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God,
And make thy supplication to the Almighty;
[6]  If thou wert pure and upright:
Surely now he would awake for thee,
And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
[7]  And though thy beginning was small,
Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.
 
[8]  For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age,
And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out
[9]  (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,
Because our days upon earth are a shadow);
[10]  Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee,
And utter words out of their heart?
 
[11]  Can the rush 2 grow up without mire?
Can the flag 3 grow without water?
[12]  Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down,
It withereth before any other herb.
[13]  So are the paths of all that forget God;
And the hope of the godless man shall perish:
[14]  Whose confidence shall break 4 in sunder,
And whose trust is a spider’s web. 5
[15]  He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:
He shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.
[16]  He is green before the sun,
And his shoots go forth over his garden.
[17]  His roots are wrapped about 6 the stone-heap,
He beholdeth the place of stones.
[18]  If he be destroyed from his place,
Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
[19]  Behold, this is the joy of his way;
And out of the earth 7 shall others spring.
[20]  Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,
Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.
[21]  He 8 will yet fill thy mouth with laughter,
And thy lips with shouting.
[22]  They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;
And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.
 
Note 1. Or, If thy children sinned … he delivered &c. [back]
Note 2. Or, papyrus. [back]
Note 3. Or, reed-grass. [back]
Note 4. Or, be cut off. [back]
Note 5. Heb. house. [back]
Note 6. Or, beside the spring. [back]
Note 7. Or, dust. [back]
Note 8. Or, Till he fill. [back]
 

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