Bildad Says God Rewards the Good
1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
2“How long will you say these things,
And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
3Does God pervert justice?
Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?
4If your sons sinned against Him,
Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.
5If you would seek God
And implore the compassion of the Almighty,
6If you are pure and upright,
Surely now He would rouse Himself for you
And restore your righteous estate.
7Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly.
8“Please inquire of past generations,
And consider the things searched out by their fathers.
9For we are only of yesterday and know nothing,
Because our days on earth are as a shadow.
10Will they not teach you and tell you,
And bring forth words from their minds?
11“Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the rushes grow without water?
12While it is still green and not cut down,
Yet it withers before any other plant.
13So are the paths of all who forget God;
And the hope of the godless will perish,
14Whose confidence is fragile,
And whose trust a spider’s web.
15He trusts in his house, but it does not stand;
He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.
16He thrives before the sun,
And his shoots spread out over his garden.
17His roots wrap around a rock pile,
He grasps a house of stones.
18If he is removed from his place,
Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I never saw you.’
19Behold, this is the joy of His way;
And out of the dust others will spring.
20Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity,
Nor will He support the evildoers.
21He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
And your lips with shouting.
22Those who hate you will be clothed with shame,
And the tent of the wicked will be no longer.”