Job 8
 Job challenged to seek God
Bildad's response to Job's discourse of chapters 6 and 7.
 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?
  How long? Bildad and the others probably thought that they could quickly convince Job that he was evil.
  Wind From Job's comment at jb0626.
  Pervert judgment ... justice The question is, Will God corrupt judgment and truth because of your words? Will He overlook punishing you? Compare jb3412. Bildad did not understand how God satisfies 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.
  Children ... transgression This loss would have been very hard for Job jb0118. But tragedy does not prove guilt lu1301, jn0902.
  Supplication Or "appeal" in modern English. This he had done jb0105. Bildad thinks Job should repent now.
  Upright See jb0108.
  Latter end The idea is that God would bless Job if he would behave correctly. The book of Job helps us understand that this is not how God works. Job did prosper in the end jb4212.
 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?
  Search That is, research or seeking for wisdom.
  Shadow See ps10211, ps10923.
 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.
  Rush Probably the papyrus.
  Cut off " to accord with the metaphor of the spider's 'house,' 'The confidence (on which he builds) shall be laid in ruins'" (JFB Commentary). Compare is5905.
  Hope cut, spider's web See is0518.
 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.
  Green "The image is that of weeds growing in rank luxuriance and spreading over even heaps of stones and walls, and then being speedily torn away." (JFB).
.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.
  Like Eliphaz, Bildad began his speech with criticism of Job and closes it with hope depending on Job's change.


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