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