Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.
Job 8:1 And Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and the words of thy mouth be a strong wind? Job 8:3 Doth *God pervert judgment, and the Almighty pervert justice? Job 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, he hath also given them over into the hand of their transgression. Job 8:5 If thou seek earnestly unto *God, and make thy supplication to the Almighty, Job 8:6 If thou be pure and upright, surely now he will awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous; Job 8:7 And though thy beginning was small, yet thine end shall be very great.
He alledgeth antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.
Job 8:8 For inquire, I pray thee, of the former generation, and attend to the researches of their fathers; Job 8:9 For we are [but] of yesterday, and know nothing, for our days upon earth are a shadow. Job 8:10 Shall not they teach thee, [and] tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Job 8:11 Doth the papyrus shoot up without mire? doth the reed-grass grow without water? Job 8:12 Whilst it is yet in its greenness [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] grass. Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget *God; and the profane man's hope shall perish, Job 8:14 Whose confidence shall be cut off, and his reliance is a spider's web. Job 8:15 He shall lean upon his house, and it shall not stand; he shall lay hold on it, but it shall not endure. Job 8:16 He is full of sap before the sun, and his sprout shooteth forth over his garden; Job 8:17 His roots are entwined about the stoneheap; he seeth the place of stones. Job 8:18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him: I have not seen thee! Job 8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the dust shall others grow.
He applieth God's just dealings to Job.
Job 8:20 Behold, *God will not cast off a perfect man, neither will he take evil-doers by the hand. Job 8:21 Whilst he would fill thy mouth with laughing and thy lips with shouting, Job 8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame, and the tent of the wicked be no more.