8:1And Bildad the Shuhite answereth and saith: --
8:2Till when dost thou speak these things? And a strong wind -- sayings of thy mouth?
8:3Doth God pervert judgment? And doth the Mighty One pervert justice?
8:4If thy sons have sinned before Him, And He doth send them away, By the hand of their transgression,
8:5If thou dost seek early unto God, And unto the Mighty makest supplication,
8:6If pure and upright thou art, Surely now He waketh for thee, And hath completed The habitation of thy righteousness.
8:7And thy beginning hath been small, And thy latter end is very great.
8:8For, ask I pray thee of a former generation, And prepare to a search of their fathers,
8:9(For of yesterday we are, and we know not, For a shadow are our days on earth.)
8:10Do they not shew thee -- speak to thee, And from their heart bring forth words?
8:11`Doth a rush wise without mire? A reed increase without water?
8:12While it is in its budding -- uncropt, Even before any herb it withereth.
8:13So are the paths of all forgetting God, And the hope of the profane doth perish,
8:14Whose confidence is loathsome, And the house of a spider his trust.
8:15He leaneth on his house -- and it standeth not: He taketh hold on it -- and it abideth not.
8:16Green he is before the sun, And over his garden his branch goeth out.
8:17By a heap his roots are wrapped, A house of stones he looketh for.
8:18If one doth destroy him from his place, Then it hath feigned concerning him, I have not seen thee!
8:19Lo, this is the joy of his way, And from the dust others spring up.'
8:20Lo, God doth not reject the perfect, Nor taketh hold on the hand of evil doers.
8:21While he filleth with laughter thy mouth, And thy lips with shouting,
8:22Those hating thee do put on shame, And the tent of the wicked is not!
9:1And Job answereth and saith: --
9:2Truly I have known that it is so, And what -- is man righteous with God?
9:3If he delight to strive with Him -- He doth not answer him one of a thousand.
9:4Wise in heart and strong in power -- Who hath hardened toward Him and is at peace?
9:5Who is removing mountains, And they have not known, Who hath overturned them in His anger.
9:6Who is shaking earth from its place, And its pillars move themselves.
9:7Who is speaking to the sun, and it riseth not, And the stars He sealeth up.
9:8Stretching out the heavens by Himself, And treading on the heights of the sea,
9:9Making Osh, Kesil, and Kimah, And the inner chambers of the south.
9:10Doing great things till there is no searching, And wonderful, till there is no numbering.
9:11Lo, He goeth over by me, and I see not, And He passeth on, and I attend not to it.
9:12Lo, He snatches away, who bringeth it back? Who saith unto Him, `What dost Thou?'
9:13God doth not turn back His anger, Under Him bowed have proud helpers.
9:14How much less do I -- I answer Him? Choose out my words with Him?
9:15Whom, though I were righteous, I answer not, For my judgment I make supplication.
9:16Though I had called and He answereth me, I do not believe that He giveth ear to my voice.
9:17Because with a tempest He bruiseth me, And hath multiplied my wounds for nought.
9:18He permitteth me not to refresh my spirit, But filleth me with bitter things.
9:19If of power, lo, the Strong One; And if of judgment -- who doth convene me?
9:20If I be righteous, Mine mouth doth declare me wicked, Perfect I am! -- it declareth me perverse.
9:21Perfect I am! -- I know not my soul, I despise my life.
9:22It is the same thing, therefore I said, `The perfect and the wicked He is consuming.'
9:23If a scourge doth put to death suddenly, At the trial of the innocent He laugheth.
9:24Earth hath been given Into the hand of the wicked one. The face of its judges he covereth, If not -- where, who is he?
9:25My days have been swifter than a runner, They have fled, they have not seen good,
9:26They have passed on with ships of reed, As an eagle darteth on food.
9:27Though I say, `I forget my talking, I forsake my corner, and I brighten up!'
9:28I have been afraid of all my griefs, I have known that Thou dost not acquit me.
9:29I -- I am become wicked; why is this? In vain I labour.
9:30If I have washed myself with snow-water, And purified with soap my hands,
9:31Then in corruption Thou dost dip me, And my garments have abominated me.
9:32But if a man like myself -- I answer him, We come together into judgment.
9:33If there were between us an umpire, He doth place his hand on us both.
9:34He doth turn aside from off me his rod, And His terror doth not make me afraid,
9:35I speak, and do not fear Him, But I am not right with myself.
10:1My soul hath been weary of my life, I leave off my talking to myself, I speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2I say unto God, `Do not condemn me, Let me know why Thou dost strive with me.
10:3Is it good for Thee that Thou dost oppress? That Thou despisest the labour of Thy hands, And on the counsel of the wicked hast shone?
10:4Eyes of flesh hast Thou? As man seeth -- seest Thou?
10:5As the days of man are Thy days? Thy years as the days of a man?
10:6That Thou inquirest for mine iniquity, And for my sin seekest?
10:7For Thou knowest that I am not wicked, And there is no deliverer from Thy hand.
10:8Thy hands have taken pains about me, And they make me together round about, And Thou swallowest me up!
10:9Remember, I pray Thee, That as clay Thou hast made me, And unto dust Thou dost bring me back.
10:10Dost Thou not as milk pour me out? And as cheese curdle me?
10:11Skin and flesh Thou dost put on me, And with bones and sinews dost fence me.
10:12Life and kindness Thou hast done with me. And Thy inspection hath preserved my spirit.
10:13And these Thou hast laid up in Thy heart, I have known that this is with Thee.
10:14If I sinned, then Thou hast observed me, And from mine iniquity dost not acquit me,
10:15If I have done wickedly -- wo to me, And righteously -- I lift not up my head, Full of shame -- then see my affliction,
10:16And it riseth -- as a lion Thou huntest me. And Thou turnest back -- Thou shewest Thyself wonderful in me.
10:17Thou renewest Thy witnesses against me, And dost multiply Thine anger with me, Changes and warfare are with me.
10:18And why from the womb Hast Thou brought me forth? I expire, and the eye doth not see me.
10:19As I had not been, I am, From the belly to the grave I am brought,
10:20Are not my days few? Cease then, and put from me, And I brighten up a little,
10:21Before I go, and return not, Unto a land of darkness and death-shade,
10:22A land of obscurity as thick darkness, Death-shade -- and no order, And the shining is as thick darkness.'