8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
8:2 "How long will you speak these things? Shall the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
8:3 Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?
8:4 If your children have sinned against him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience;
8:5 If you want to seek God diligently, Make your supplication to the Almighty.
8:6 If you were pure and upright, Surely now he would awaken for you, And make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
8:7 Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would greatly increase.
8:8 "Please inquire of past generations, Find out about the learning of their fathers.
8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow.)
8:10 Shall they not teach you, tell you, And utter words out of their heart?
8:11 "Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water?
8:12 While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, It withers before any other reed.
8:13 So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish,
8:14 Whose confidence shall break apart, Whose trust is a spider's web.
8:15 He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure.
8:16 He is green before the sun, His shoots go forth over his garden.
8:17 His roots are wrapped around the rock pile, He sees the place of stones.
8:18 If he is destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.'
8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way: Out of the earth shall others spring.
8:20 "Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.
8:21 He will still fill your mouth with laughter, Your lips with shouting.
8:22 Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame. The tent of the wicked shall be no more."