1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 “How long wilt you speak these things? And how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?
3 Doth God (El) pervert judgment? Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
4 If your children have sinned against him, and he has cast them away for their transgression;
5 If you wouldest seek unto God (El) betimes, and make your supplication to the Almighty;
6 If you wert pure and upright; surely now He would awake for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
7 Though your beginning was small, yet your latter end should greatly increase.
8 For enquire, I pray you, of the former age, and prepare yourself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow.)
10 Shall not they teach you, and tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
13 So are the paths of all that forget God (El); and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish,
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand; he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
18 If he destroys him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’
19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
20 Behold, God (El) will not cast away a perfect man, neither will He help the evil doers.
21 Till He fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing.
22 They that hate you shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nothing.”