The speech of Bildad
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 strong wind?
Gen. 18:25Doth God pervert judgment?
Or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
If ch. 1:5,18thy children have sinned against him,
And he have cast them away for their transgression;
ch. 11:13If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes,
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.
Though thy beginning was small,
Yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
Deut. 4:32For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age,
And prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
(For Gen. 47:9;1 Chr. 29:15;ch. 7:6we 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 grow up without mire?
Can the flag grow without water?
Ps. 129:6;Jer. 17:6Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down,
It withereth before any other herb.
So are the paths of all that forget God;
And the ch. 11:20;Prov. 10:28hypocrite's hope shall perish:
Whose hope shall be cut off,
And whose trust shall be Is. 59:5,6a spider's web.
ch. 27:18He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:
He shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
He is green before the sun,
And his branch shooteth forth in his garden,
His roots are wrapped about the heap,
And seeth the place of stones.
ch. 7:10;Ps. 37:36If he destroy him from his place,
Then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
Behold, this is the joy of his way,
And Ps. 113:7out of the earth shall others grow.
Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,
Neither will he help the evil doers:
Till he fill thy mouth with laughing,
And thy lips with rejoicing.
They that hate thee shall be Ps. 35:26;& 109:29clothed with shame;
And the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.