Bishops' Bible

Job 8

Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.

Job 8:1 Then aunswered Bildad the Suhite, & said: Job 8:2 Howe long wilt thou talke of such thinges? howe long shall the wordes of thy mouth be as a mightie wind? Job 8:3 Doth God paruert the thing that is lawfull? or doth the almightie destroy the thing that is right? Job 8:4 For seyng that thy sonnes sinned against him, did not he send them into the place of their iniquitie? Job 8:5 If thou wouldest nowe resorte vnto God be times, and make thy prayer to the almightie, Job 8:6 If thou wouldest liue a pure and godly life: shoulde he not awake vp vnto thee immediatly, and make the habitation of thy righteousnesse prosperous? Job 8:7 In so much that wherin so euer thou haddest litle afore, thou shouldest haue nowe great aboundaunce.

He alledgeth antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.

Job 8:8 Enquire I pray thee of the former age, and search diligently among their fathers: Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and consider not that our dayes vpon earth are but a shadowe.) Job 8:10 Shall not they shew thee, and tel thee, yea and gladly confesse the same, and vtter the wordes of their heart? Job 8:11 May a rushe be greene without moystnesse? or may the grasse growe without water? Job 8:12 No, but whilste it is nowe in his greennesse, though it be not cut downe, yet withereth it before any other hearbe: Job 8:13 So are the pathes of al that forget God, and the hypocrites hope shall come to naught. Job 8:14 His confidence shalbe destroyed, and his trust shalbe a spiders webbe. Job 8:15 He shal leane vpon his house, but it shal not stande: he shall holde him fast by it, yet shall it not endure. Job 8:16 It is a greene [tree] before the sunne, & shooteth foorth the braunches ouer his garden. Job 8:17 The rootes thereof are wrapped about the fountayne, and are folden about the house of stones. Job 8:18 If any plucke it from his place, and it denie, saying, I haue not seene thee: Job 8:19 Behold it will reioyce by this meanes, if it may growe in another mould.

He applieth God's just dealings to Job.

Job 8:20 Beholde, God will not cast away a vertuous man, neither wil he helpe the vngodly. Job 8:21 Thy mouth shall he fill with laughing, and thy lippes with gladnesse. Job 8:22 They also that hate thee shalbe clothed with shame, & the dwelling of the vngodly shall come to naught.

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