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1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and saide,

2 How long wilt thou speak these [things]? and [how long shall] the words of thy mouth [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 their transgression;

5 If thou 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 beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

8 For enquire, 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 Shall not they teach thee and tell thee, and vtter the wordes of their heart?

11 Can the rush 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] a 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] 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] 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 an vpright man, neither will he take the wicked by the hand,

21 Till he fill thy mouth with 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.