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Baldad, under pretence of defending the justice of God, accuses Job, and exhorts him to return to God.

[1] The Baldad the Suhite answered, 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 overthrow that which is just? [4] Although thy children have sinned against him, and he hath left them in the hand of their iniquity: [5] Yet if thou wilt arise early to God, and wilt beseech the Almighty:

[6] If thou wilt walk clean and upright, he will presently awake onto thee, and will make the dwelling of thy justice peaceable: [7] Insomuch, that if thy former things were small, thy latter things would be multiplied exceedingly. [8] For inquire of the former generation, and search diligently into the memory of the fathers: [9] (For we are but of yesterday, and are ignorant that our days upon earth are but a shadow:) [10] And they shall teach thee: they shall speak to thee, and utter words out of their hearts.

[11] Can the rush be green without moisture? or a sedge-bush grow without water? [12] When it is yet in flower, and is not plucked up with the hand, it withereth before all herbs. [13] Even so are the ways of all that forget God, and the hope of the hypocrite shall perish: [14] His folly shall not please him, and his trust shall be like the spider' s web. [15] He shall lean upon his house, and it shall not stand: he shall prop it up, and it shall not rise:

[16] He seemeth to have moisture before the sun cometh, and at his rising his blossom shall shoot forth. [17] His roots shall be thick upon a heap of stones, and among the stones he shall abide. [18] If one swallow him up out of his place, he shall deny him, and shall say: I know thee not. [19] For this is the joy of his way, that others may spring again out of the earth. [20] God will not cast away the simple, nor reach out his hand to the evildoer:

[21] Until thy mouth be filled with laughter, and thy lips with rejoicing. [22] They that hate thee, shall be clothed with confusion: and the dwelling of the wicked shall not stand.

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