1Then Bildad got up and approached me, saying, Are you Job? 2And I said to him, Yes. And he said, Are you in your right mind? 3And I said, My mind is not set on earthly things (for the earth is transient and so are they that dwell on it), but my mind 1 Lit. ‘but it’. is set on heavenly things, because there is no disturbance in heaven. 4Bildad answered and said, We know that the earth is transient, since from time to time it changes: sometimes it is directed rightly, and sometimes it is at peace, and then at other times it is at war. 5But about heaven we hear that it enjoys tranquillity. If you are really sane I will ask you a question. 6If you answer me sensibly to begin with, I will ask you a second question. And if you answer me satisfactorily again, we shall know for certain that your mind is in no way impaired.
1 Lit. ‘but it’.