Job 18: Bildad (2/3): Analogies
Comments: Bildad ignores Job's recent plea for hope to
be brought and instead takes exception at being called [as he
sees it] stupid. The bulk of his speech is taken up with sixteen
analogies of what has happened to Job and he concludes that such
things only belong to the wicked. Not helpful!]
Bildad calls him to talk sense
Bildad the Shuhite replied:
will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk.
are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?
You who tear
yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned
for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?
He negatively paints picture after picture of what has happened
lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops
in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.
of his step is weakened; his own schemes throw him down.
His feet thrust
him into a net; he wanders into its mesh.
A trap seizes
him by the heel; a snare holds him fast.
noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path.
startle him on every side and dog his every step.
is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls.
away parts of his skin; death's firstborn devours his limbs.
torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king
resides in his tent; burning sulfur is scattered over his
dry up below and his branches wither above.
of him perishes from the earth; he has no name in the land.
driven from light into the realm of darkness and is banished from
no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where
once he lived.
of the west are appalled at his fate; those of the east are seized
His Conclusion implies Job is evil and does not know God
such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one
who does not know God.”
Comments: Heaping up negative pictures by way of analysis
in no way brings the glimmer of hope Job is looking for. To the
contrary, they probably just heap further condemnation on him.
to sum up, what
has Bildad been saying in this chapter? He
is annoyed at
being called stupid, as he sees it [v.1-4],
implies Job is
wicked and lists a string of things that happen to the wicked
is overwhelmingly a chapter of accusation.]