Bildad sheweth God's justice in dealing with men according to their works.
Job 8:1 Then answered Baldad the Suhyte, and sayd: Job 8:2 How long wilt thou talke of such thynges? how longe shall thy mouth speake so proude words? Job 8:3 Doth God peruerte the thynge that is laufull? Or doth the Almyghtye destroye the thynge that is ryght? Job 8:4 When thy sonnes synned agaynst hym, dyd not he punish them for theyr wyckednesse? Job 8:5 If thou woldest now resorte vnto God by tymes, & make thyne humble prayer to the Almyghtye: Job 8:6 yf thou woldest lyue a pure and a godly lyfe: shulde he not wake vp vnto the immediatly, & geue the, the bewtie of rightuousnesse agayne? Job 8:7 In so moch, that where in soeuer thou haddest lytle afore, thou shuldest now haue greate aboundaunce.
He alledgeth antiquity to prove the certain destruction of the hypocrite.
Job 8:8 Enquere of them that haue bene bofore the, search dylygently amonge thy forefathers: Job 8:9 Namelye, that we are but of yester daye, and consydre not, that oure dayes vpon earth are but a very shadowe. Job 8:10 They shall shewe the, they shall tell the, ye they wyll gladly confesse the same. Job 8:11 Maye a rysshe be grene wythout moystnesse? maye þe grasse growe wythout water? Job 8:12 No: but (or euer it be shot forth, and or euer it be gathered) it withereth, before eny other herbe. Job 8:13 Euen so goeth it with all them, that forget God: and euen thus also shall the ypocrytes hope come to naught. Job 8:14 His confydence shalbe destroyed, for he trusteth in a spyders webbe. Job 8:15 He leaneth hym vpon hys house, but he shal not stande: he holdeth hym fast by it, yet shall he not endure. Job 8:16 Oft tyme a thynge doth floryshe, and men thynke that it maye abyde the Sonne shynynge: it shuteth forth the braunches in hys garden, Job 8:17 it taketh many rotes, in so moche that it is lyke an house of stones. Job 8:18 But yf it be taken out of hys place, euery man denyeth it, saying: I knowe the not. Job 8:19 Lo, thus is it wt him, that reioyseth in hys owne doynges: and as for other, they growe oute of the earth.
He applieth God's just dealings to Job.
Job 8:20 Beholde, God wyll not cast awaye a vertuous man, nether wyl he helpe the vngodly. Job 8:21 Thy mouth shall he fyll with laugynge, and thy lyppes wyth gladnesse. Job 8:22 Thy that hate the, shalbe confounded, and the dwellynges of the vngodly shall come to naught.