1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, 2 "How long will you say these things, And the awords of your mouth be a mighty wind? 3 "Does aGod pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right? 4 "aIf your sons sinned against Him, Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression. 5 "If you would aseek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty, 6 If you are pure and upright, Surely now aHe would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteous bestate. 7 "Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your aend will increase greatly. 8 "Please ainquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers. 9 "For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because aour days on earth are as a shadow. 10 "Will they not teach you and tell you, And bring forth words from their minds? 11 "Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water? 12 "While it is still green and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant. 13 "So are the paths of aall who forget God; And the bhope of the godless will perish, 14 Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a aspider's web. 15 "He trusts in his ahouse, but it does not stand; He holds fast to it, but it does not endure. 16 "He athrives before the sun, And his bshoots spread out over his garden. 17 "His roots wrap around a rock pile, He grasps a house of stones. 18 "If he is removed from ahis place, Then it will deny him, saying, 'bI never saw you.' 19 "Behold, athis is the joy of His way; And out of the dust others will spring. 20 "Lo, aGod will not reject a man of integrity, Nor bwill He support the evildoers. 21 "He will yet fill ayour mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting. 22 "Those who hate you will be aclothed with shame, And the btent of the wicked will be no longer."