1: Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, 2: How long wilt thou speak these [things]? and [how long shall] the words of thy mouth [be like] a strong wind? 3: Doth God pervert judgment; or doth the Almighty pervert justice? 4: If thy children have sinned against him, and he hath cast them away for their transgression; 5: If thou wouldst seek to God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; 6: If thou [wert] pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. 7: Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end would greatly increase. 8: For inquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: 9: (For we [are but of] yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth [are] a shadow:) 10: Will they not teach thee, [and] tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? 11: Can the rush grow without mire? can the flag grow without water? 12: Whilst it [is] yet in its greenness, [and] not cut down, it withereth before any [other] herb. 13: So [are] the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish: 14: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust [shall be] a spider's web. 15: He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. 16: He [is] green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden. 17: His roots are wrapped about the heap, [and] seeth the place of stones. 18: If he shall destroy him from his place, then [it] shall deny him, [saying], I have not seen thee. 19: Behold, this [is] the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow. 20: Behold, God will not cast away a perfect [man], neither will he help the evil doers: 21: Till he shall fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 22: They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to naught.