Bildad, the second friend to speak, begins his response to Job by asserting that God does not pervert justice. He suggests that Job’s children must have sinned, leading to their punishment, and implies that Job must also be guilty of wrongdoing. Bildad advises Job to seek God earnestly and to be pure, promising that if he is upright, God will restore him to a prosperous state. He uses the analogies of a papyrus plant without water and a spider’s web to illustrate the fragility of hope without God. Bildad’s speech reflects the traditional belief in retributive justice, where suffering is directly linked to sin. He emphasizes the restoration and blessing that supposedly come with righteousness, suggesting Job’s current misery is a clear indication of his guilt.

Job 8

1  Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, 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 pervert justice?

4  If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;

5  If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;

6  If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

7  Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

8  For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:

9  (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)

10  Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

11  Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?

12  Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.

13  So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

14  Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider's web.

15  He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

16  He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.

17  His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.

18  If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.

19  Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.

20  Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:

21  Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.

22  They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

End of Job 8

1 Year Plan:  Jul 28 - Job 8, Job 9, Job 10, 1 Co 16

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