Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.
Job 8:1 Then Baldad, the Suhite, answered, and said: Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things, and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? Job 8:3 Doth God pervert judgment, or doth the Almighty overthrow that which is just? Job 8:4 Although thy children have sinned against him, and he hath left them in the hand of their iniquity: Job 8:5 Yet if thou wilt arise early to God, and wilt beseech the Almighty: Job 8:6 If thou wilt walk clean and upright, he will presently awake unto thee, and will make the dwelling of thy justice peaceable: Job 8:7 In so much, that if thy former things were small thy latter things would be multiplied exceedingly.
He alledgeth antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.
Job 8:8 For inquire of the former generation, and search diligently into the memory of the fathers: Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and are ignorant that our days upon earth are but a shadow:) Job 8:10 And they shall teach thee: they shall speak to thee, and utter words out of their hearts. Job 8:11 Can the rush be green without moisture? or sedge bush grow without water? Job 8:12 When it is yet in flower, and is not plucked up with the hand, it withereth before all herbs. Job 8:13 Even so are the ways of all that forget God, and the hope of the hypocrite shall perish: Job 8:14 His folly shall not please him, and his trust shall be like the spider's web. Job 8:15 He shall lean upon his house, and it shall not stand: he shall prop it up, and it shall not rise: Job 8:16 He seemeth to have moisture before the sun cometh; and at his rising, his blossom shall shoot forth. Job 8:17 His roots shall be thick upon a heap of stones; and among the stones he shall abide. Job 8:18 If one swallow him up out of his place, he shall deny him, and shall say: I know thee not. Job 8:19 For this is the joy of his way, that others may spring again out of the earth.
He applieth God's just dealings to Job.
Job 8:20 God will not cast away the simple, nor reach out his hand to the evil doer: Job 8:21 Until thy mouth be filled with laughter, and thy lips with rejoicing. Job 8:22 They that hate thee, shall be clothed with confusion: and the dwelling of the wicked shall not stand.