1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and saide,
2 How long wilt thou speak these [things]? and [how long shall] the words of thy mouthHe declares that their words which would diminish anything from the justice of God, are but as a puff of wind that vanishes away.[be like] a strong wind?
3 Doeth God peruert iudgement? or doeth the Almightie subuert iustice?
4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for theirThat is, has rewarded them according to their iniquity, meaning that Job should be warned by the example of his children, that he not offend God.transgression;
5 If thouThat is, if you turn while God calls you to repentance.wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
6 If thou be pure and vpright, then surely hee will awake vp vnto thee, and he wil make the habitation of thy righteousnesse prosperous.
7 Though thy beginningThough the beginning is not as pleasant as you would like, yet in the end you will have sufficient opportunity to please yourself.was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
8 ForHe wills Job to examine all antiquity and he will find it true which he here says.enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
9 (For we [are but of]Meaning, that it is not enough to have the experience of ourselves, but to be confirmed by the examples of those who went before us.yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth [are] a shadow:)
10 Shall not they teach thee and tell thee, and vtter the wordes of their heart?
11 Can the rushAs a rush cannot grow without moisture, so the hypocrite because he does not have faith which is watered with God's Spirit.grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
12 Though it were in greene and not cutte downe, yet shall it wither before any other herbe.
13 So are the paths of al that forget God, and the hypocrites hope shall perish.
14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust [shall be] aWhich is today and tomorrow swept away.spider's web.
15 He shall leane vpon his house, but it shall not stand: he shal holde him fast by it, yet shall it not endure.
16 He [is]He compares the just to a tree, which although it is moved from one place to another, yet flourishes: so the affliction of the godly turns to their profit.green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
17 The rootes thereof are wrapped about the fountaine, and are folden about ye house of stones.
18 If he destroy him from his place, then [it] shallThat is, so that there remains nothing there to prove whether the tree had grown there or not.deny him, [saying], I have not seen thee.
19 Behold, this [is] the joyTo be planted in another place, where it may grow as it pleases.of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
20 Behold, God will not cast away an vpright man, neither will he take the wicked by the hand,
21 Till he fill thy mouth withIf you are godly, he will give you opportunity to rejoice and if not your affliction will increase.laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
22 They that hate thee, shall be clothed with shame, and the dwelling of the wicked shall not remaine.