Job 8
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1  Bildad the Shuhite said in reply:

א  וַיַּעַן בִּלְדַּד הַשּׁוּחִי וַיֹאמַר׃

2  How long will you speak such things? Your utterances are a mighty wind!

ב  עַד־אָן תְּמַלֶּל־אֵלֶּה וְרוּחַ כַּבִּיר אִמְרֵי־פִיךָ׃

3  Will Hashem pervert the right? Will the Almighty pervert justice?

ג  הַאֵל יְעַוֵּת מִשְׁפָּט וְאִם־שַׁדַּי יְעַוֵּת־צֶדֶק׃

4  If your sons sinned against Him, He dispatched them for their transgression.

ד  אִם־בָּנֶיךָ חָטְאוּ־לוֹ וַיְשַׁלְּחֵם בְּיַד־פִּשְׁעָם׃

5  But if you seek Hashem And supplicate the Almighty,

ה  אִם־אַתָּה תְּשַׁחֵר אֶל־אֵל וְאֶל־שַׁדַּי תִּתְחַנָּן׃

6  If you are blameless and upright, He will protect you, And grant well-being to your righteous home.

ו  אִם־זַךְ וְיָשָׁר אָתָּה כִּי־עַתָּה יָעִיר עָלֶיךָ וְשִׁלַּם נְוַת צִדְקֶךָ׃

7  Though your beginning be small, In the end you will grow very great.

ז  וְהָיָה רֵאשִׁיתְךָ מִצְעָר וְאַחֲרִיתְךָ יִשְׂגֶּה מְאֹד׃

8  Ask the generation past, Study what their fathers have searched out—

ח  כִּי־שְׁאַל־נָא לְדֹר רִישׁוֹן וְכוֹנֵן לְחֵקֶר אֲבוֹתָם׃

9  For we are of yesterday and know nothing; Our days on earth are a shadow—

ט  כִּי־תְמוֹל אֲנַחְנוּ וְלֹא נֵדָע כִּי צֵל יָמֵינוּ עֲלֵי־אָרֶץ׃

10  Surely they will teach you and tell you, Speaking out of their understanding.

י  הֲלֹא־הֵם יוֹרוּךָ יֹאמְרוּ לָךְ וּמִלִּבָּם יוֹצִאוּ מִלִּים׃

11  Can papyrus thrive without marsh? Can rushes grow without water?

יא  הֲיִגְאֶה־גֹּמֶא בְּלֹא בִצָּה יִשְׂגֶּה־אָחוּ בְלִי־מָיִם׃

12  While still tender, not yet plucked, They would wither before any other grass.

יב  עֹדֶנּוּ בְאִבּוֹ לֹא יִקָּטֵף וְלִפְנֵי כָל־חָצִיר יִיבָשׁ׃

13  Such is the fate of all who forget Hashem; The hope of the impious man comes to naught—

יג  כֵּן אָרְחוֹת כָּל־שֹׁכְחֵי אֵל וְתִקְוַת חָנֵף תֹּאבֵד׃

14  Whose confidence is a thread of gossamer, Whose trust is a spider’s web.

יד  אֲשֶׁר־יָקוֹט כִּסְלוֹ וּבֵית עַכָּבִישׁ מִבְטַחוֹ׃

15  He leans on his house—it will not stand; He seizes hold of it, but it will not hold.

טו  יִשָּׁעֵן עַל־בֵּיתוֹ וְלֹא יַעֲמֹד יַחֲזִיק בּוֹ וְלֹא יָקוּם׃

16  He stays fresh even in the sun; His shoots spring up in his garden;

טז  רָטֹב הוּא לִפְנֵי־שָׁמֶשׁ וְעַל גַּנָּתוֹ יֹנַקְתּוֹ תֵצֵא׃

17  His roots are twined around a heap, They take hold of a house of stones.

יז  עַל־גַּל שָׁרָשָׁיו יְסֻבָּכוּ בֵּית אֲבָנִים יֶחֱזֶה׃

18  When he is uprooted from his place, It denies him, [saying,] “I never saw you.”

יח  אִם־יְבַלְּעֶנּוּ מִמְּקוֹמוֹ וְכִחֶשׁ בּוֹ לֹא רְאִיתִיךָ׃

19  Such is his happy lot; And from the earth others will grow.

יט  הֶן־הוּא מְשׂוֹשׂ דַּרְכּוֹ וּמֵעָפָר אַחֵר יִצְמָחוּ׃

20  Surely Hashem does not despise the blameless; He gives no support to evildoers.

כ  הֶן־אֵל לֹא יִמְאַס־תָּם וְלֹא־יַחֲזִיק בְּיַד־מְרֵעִים׃

21  He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, And your lips with shouts of joy.

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כא  עַד־יְמַלֵּה שְׂחוֹק פִּיךָ וּשְׂפָתֶיךָ תְרוּעָה׃

8:21   He will yet fill your mouth with laughter

Bildad attempts to comfort Iyov by telling him that if he is as righteous as he claims to be, his suffering will not last long. When the suffering ends, he will feel so happy that his mouth will be filled with laughter. These words are reminiscent of the description, found in Sefer Tehillim (126:2), of the return of the exiled Jews to the Land of Israel: “Our mouths shall be filled with laughter.” It is often said that what causes someone to laugh is an unexpected ending. While he is in the midst of his suffering, it is almost impossible for Iyov to imagine relief from his misery. Similarly, the Jewish people in exile could not always envision an actual redemption. When it comes, therefore, it not only causes feelings of happiness and joy, but laughter as well.1 comment

22  Your enemies will be clothed in disgrace; The tent of the wicked will vanish.

כב  שֹׂנְאֶיךָ יִלְבְּשׁוּ־בֹשֶׁת וְאֹהֶל רְשָׁעִים אֵינֶנּוּ׃

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