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FRAMEWORKS: Job 18: Bildad (2/3): Analogies & Condemnation   


[Preliminary 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!]


v.1-3 Bildad calls him to talk sense


v.1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 

v.2  “When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk. 

v.3 Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight? 

v.4 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? 


v.5-20 He negatively paints picture after picture of what has happened to Job


v.5  “The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning. 

v.6 The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out. 

v.7 The vigor of his step is weakened; his own schemes throw him down. 

v.8 His feet thrust him into a net; he wanders into its mesh. 

v.9 A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare holds him fast. 

v.10  A noose is hidden for him on the ground; a trap lies in his path. 

v.11  Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step. 

v.12  Calamity is hungry for him; disaster is ready for him when he falls. 

v.13  It eats away parts of his skin; death's firstborn devours his limbs. 

v.14  He is torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors. 

v.15  Fire resides in his tent; burning sulfur is scattered over his dwelling. 

v.16  His roots dry up below and his branches wither above. 

v.17  The memory of him perishes from the earth; he has no name in the land. 

v.18  He is driven from light into the realm of darkness and is banished from the world. 

v.19  He has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived. 

v.20  People of the west are appalled at his fate; those of the east are seized with horror. 


v.21: His Conclusion implies Job is evil and does not know God


v.21   Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who does not know God.”



[Concluding 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.


So, 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 [v.5-21].

This is overwhelmingly a chapter of accusation.]



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