| The Book of Job.|
The Harvard Classics. 190914.
| || THEN answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,|
| ||How long wilt thou speak these things?|
And how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a mighty wind?
| ||Doth God pervert justice?|
Or doth the Almighty pervert righteousness?
| ||If 1 thy children have sinned against him,|
And he hath delivered them into the hand of their transgression;
| ||If thou wouldest seek diligently unto God,|
And make thy supplication to the Almighty;
| ||If thou wert pure and upright:|
Surely now he would awake for thee,
And make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
| ||And though thy beginning was small,|
Yet thy latter end would greatly increase.
| ||For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age,|
And apply thyself to that which their fathers have searched out
| ||(For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing,|
Because our days upon earth are a shadow);
| ||Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee,|
And utter words out of their heart?
| ||Can the rush 2 grow up without mire?|
Can the flag 3 grow without water?
| ||Whilst it is yet in its greenness, and not cut down,|
It withereth before any other herb.
| ||So are the paths of all that forget God;|
And the hope of the godless man shall perish:
| ||Whose confidence shall break 4 in sunder,|
And whose trust is a spiders web. 5
| ||He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:|
He shall hold fast thereby, but it shall not endure.
| ||He is green before the sun,|
And his shoots go forth over his garden.
| ||His roots are wrapped about 6 the stone-heap,|
He beholdeth the place of stones.
| ||If he be destroyed from his place,|
Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
| ||Behold, this is the joy of his way;|
And out of the earth 7 shall others spring.
| ||Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,|
Neither will he uphold the evil-doers.
| ||He 8 will yet fill thy mouth with laughter,|
And thy lips with shouting.
| ||They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;|
And the tent of the wicked shall be no more.