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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Job 8:1-22

8  And Bildad the Shuhite answered 2  “Till when will you keep up this talk and shall the words of your mouth be a big wind? 3  Will Deity play tricks with justice or Shaddai with right? 4*  If your sons sinned against him he let them bear the consequences of their crime; 5  If you will direct your quest toward Deity and beseech Shaddai, 6*  If you are pure and right-minded he will rouse for you now and revive your righteous standing, 7  And your past will have been little and your future will be right ample. 8  For ask a past generation and observe their fathers’ researches, 9**  Because we are yesterday’s growth; we do not know; for our days on earth are a shadow. 10  Will not they instruct you, tell you, and bring out words from their hearts? 11  Will papyrus stalks make a jungle in anything but a morass? will reeds thrive without water? 12  Still unripe, unplucked, before any grass they dry out. 13*  Such are the paths of all who forget Deity, and the hope of an irreligious man comes to nothing, 14  One whose reliance is a gossamer and the object of his confidence is a spider’s tent. 15  He leans on his house and does not stand, takes hold of it and does not get on his feet. 16*  He is lush before the sun and his runners run out over his garden, 17**  His roots are matted about a stone-heap, he takes hold of a structure of rocks. 18  If He annihilates him from his place it will disavow him, ‘I never saw you.’ 19*  That is the triumphant climax of his career, and another sprouts up from the ground. 20*  Deity does not repudiate a conscientious man nor lend a hand to evil-doers. 21*  He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with hurrahs. 22  Those who hate you will be wrapped in shame, and wrong-doers’ tent will be nowhere.”


8:4 Lit. let them go into the hands of
8:6 Lit. over you
8:9 Lit. are yesterday
8:9 Var. and our days on earth are like a shadow
8:13 Var. Such is the future of
8:16 (his garden) Susp.
8:17 Codd. he beholds a
8:17 Lit. a house of stones
8:19 Lit. There, that is the joy of his course
8:20 Lit. nor hold the hands of
8:21 Codd.* Till he fills