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