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Ketuvim - Writings


Chapter 8

1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said:
2 How long wilt thou speak these things, seeing that the words of thy mouth are as a mighty wind?
3 Doth G-d pervert judgment? Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If thy children sinned against Him, He delivered them into the hand of their transgression.
5 If thou wouldest seek earnestly unto G-d, 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 end should greatly increase.
8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, 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 shoot up without mire? Can the reed-grass 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 G-d; and the hope of the godless man shall perish;
14 Whose confidence is gossamer, and whose trust is a spider's web.
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 the heap, he beholdeth the place of stones.
18 If he be destroyed from his place, then it shall deny him: 'I have not seen thee.'
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others spring.
20 Behold, G-d will not cast away an innocent man, neither will He uphold the evil-doers;
21 Till He 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.
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