Job 8

Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 "How long will you speak these things,
And the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
3 a Does God subvert judgment?
Or does the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If b your sons have sinned against Him,
He has cast them away 1 for their transgression.
5 c If you would earnestly seek God
And make your supplication to the Almighty,
6 If you were pure and upright,
Surely now He would 2 awake for you,
And prosper your rightful dwelling place.
7 Though your beginning was small,
Yet your latter end would d increase abundantly.

8 "For e inquire, please, of the former age,
And consider the things discovered by their fathers;
9 For f we were born yesterday, and know 3 nothing,
Because our days on earth are a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you,
And utter words from their heart?

11 "Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the reeds flourish without water?
12 g While it is yet green and not cut down,
It withers before any other plant.
13 So are the paths of all who h forget God;
And the hope of the i hypocrite shall perish,
14 Whose confidence shall be cut off,
And whose trust is 4 a spider's web.
15 j He leans on his house, but it does not stand.
He holds it fast, but it does not endure.
16 He grows green in the sun,
And his branches spread out in his garden.
17 His roots wrap around the rock heap,
And look for a place in the stones.
18 k If he is destroyed from his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.'
19 "Behold, this is the joy of His way,
And l out of the earth others will grow.

20 Behold, m God will not 5 cast away the blameless,
Nor will He uphold the evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughing,
And your lips with 6 rejoicing.
22 Those who hate you will be n clothed with shame,
And the dwelling place of the wicked 7 will come to nothing."

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 18:25
    "Far be it from You to do such a thing as this,...
    Deuteronomy 32:4
    He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all Hi...
    2 Chronicles 19:7
    "Now therefore, let the fear of the LORD be upo...
    Job 34:10
    Therefore listen to me, you men of understandin...
    Job 34:12
    Surely God will never do wickedly, Nor will the...
    Job 36:23
    Who has assigned Him His way, Or who has said, ...
    Job 37:23
    As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him; He is ...
    Romans 3:5
    But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the rig...
  2. Cross References
    Job 1:5
    So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did regularly.
    Job 1:18
    While he was still speaking, another also came and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house.
    Job 1:19
    "and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!"
  3. Cross References
    Job 5:17 - 27
    Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
    Job 11:13
    If you would prepare your heart, And stretch out your hands toward Him.
  4. Cross References
    Job 42:12
    Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:32
    For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether any great thing like this has happened, or anything like it has been heard.
    Deuteronomy 32:7
    Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations. Ask your father, and he will show you; Your elders, and they will tell you:
    Job 15:18
    What wise men have told, Not hiding anything received from their fathers.
    Job 20:4
    Do you not know this of old, Since man was placed on earth.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 47:9
    And Jacob said to Pharaoh, "The days of the yea...
    1 Chronicles 29:15
    For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, As w...
    Job 7:6
    My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, An...
    Psalms 39:5
    Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, ...
    Psalms 102:11
    My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I...
    Psalms 144:4
    Man is like a breath; His days are like a passi...
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 129:6
    Let them be as the grass on the housetops, Which withers before it grows up.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 9:17
    The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God.
  9. Cross References
    Job 11:20
    But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And they shall not escape, And their hope - loss of life!
    Job 18:14
    He is uprooted from the shelter of his tent, And they parade him before the king of terrors.
    Job 27:8
    For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?
    Psalms 112:10
    The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.
    Proverbs 10:28
    The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish.
  10. Cross References
    Job 8:22
    Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the dwelling place of the wicked will come to nothing.
    Job 27:18
    He builds his house like a moth, Like a booth which a watchman makes.
    Psalms 49:11
    Their inner thought is that their houses will last forever, Their dwelling places to all generations; They call their lands after their own names.
  11. Cross References
    Job 7:10
    He shall never return to his house, Nor shall his place know him anymore.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 113:7
    He raises the poor out of the dust, And lifts the needy out of the ash heap.
  13. Cross References
    Job 4:7
    Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright ever cut off?
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 35:26
    Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who rejoice at my hurt; Let them be clothed with shame and dishonor Who exalt themselves against me.
    Psalms 109:29
    Let my accusers be clothed with shame, And let them cover themselves with their own disgrace as with a mantle.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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