Job 8

1Then Bildad from Shuah answered, 2“How long will you talk like that? Your words blow like a strong wind. 3God is always fair. God All-Powerful never changes the things that are right. 4If your children sinned against God, then he has punished them. They paid for their sins. 5But now Job, look to God and pray to the All-Powerful. 6If you are pure and good, then he will quickly come to help you. He will give your family back to you. 7Then you will have a lot more than you had in the beginning! 8“Ask the old people. Find out what their ancestors learned. 9It seems like we were born yesterday. We are too young to know for sure. Our days on earth are very short, like a shadow. 10Maybe the old people can teach you. Maybe they can teach you what they have learned.” 11“Can papyrus grow tall on a dry land? Can reeds grow without water? 12No. If the water dries up, then they will also be dry. They will be too small to cut and use. 13People who forget God are like those reeds. The person who forgets God has no hope. 14That person has nothing to lean on. His security is like a spider’s web. 15If a person leans against a spider’s web, the web will break. He holds on to the spider’s web, but it won’t support him. 16That man is like a plant that has plenty of water and sunshine. Its branches spread all through the garden. 17It wraps its roots around a pile of rocks, looking for a place to grow in the rocks. 18But if the plant is moved from its place, ˻it will die˼ and no one would know that it had ever been there. 19But the plant was happy, and another will grow in its place. 20God doesn’t abandon innocent people. He doesn’t help evil people. 21God will still fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with happy shouts. 22But shame will be the clothes your enemies wear. And the homes of wicked people will be destroyed.”

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