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Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, [2] "How long will you speak these things? Shall the words of your mouth be a mighty wind? [3] Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness? [4] If your children have sinned against him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience; [5] If you want to seek God diligently, Make your supplication to the Almighty. [6] If you were pure and upright, Surely now he would awaken for you, And make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous. [7] Though your beginning was small, Yet your latter end would greatly increase. [8] "Please inquire of past generations, Find out about the learning of their fathers. [9] (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, Because our days on earth are a shadow.) [10] Shall they not teach you, tell you, And utter words out of their heart? [11] "Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water? [12] While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, It withers before any other reed. [13] So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish, [14] Whose confidence shall break apart, Whose trust is a spider's web. [15] He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure. [16] He is green before the sun, His shoots go forth over his garden. [17] His roots are wrapped around the rock pile, He sees the place of stones. [18] If he is destroyed from his place, Then it shall deny him, saying, 'I have not seen you.' [19] Behold, this is the joy of his way: Out of the earth shall others spring. [20] "Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, Neither will he uphold the evil-doers. [21] He will still fill your mouth with laughter, Your lips with shouting. [22] Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame. The tent of the wicked shall be no more."

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