| 1 ¶ Then answered Bildad
the Shuhite, and said,
.2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
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long? We see more rage in this speech. Bildad was unhappy with
Job's appeal to God jb1703
and his not finding wisdom in his friends jb1710.
3 - Beasts Bildad may have been thinking of jb1207.
| 5 ¶ Yea, the light of
the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
| 5 -
shall not shine In Arab hospitality fires were kept burning
for visitors. See pr1309,
6 - Candle ... put out A picture of desolation jb2117.
The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall
cast him down.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.
9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
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Steps ... stritened No longer able to move around at will
7 - Own counsel See jb0513, ps00714-16, ps00916, ps01002, ho1006.
9 - Gin A trap for birds
9 - Robber Or a trap for a man.
| 10 The snare is laid for him
in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 ¶ Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
.13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
- Snare laid Bildad uses every word he can think of to accuse
13 - Strength of his skin Literally "the parts of his skin" or arms and legs.
13 - Firstborn of death Aparently diseases were called "sons of death." According to Bildad, Job's sores and other physical problems were only the beginning of his diseases.
| 14 His confidence shall be
rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
- Tabernacle From 'ohel meaning "tent" or "dwelling
14 - King of terrors Satan fits this description is1416, ez2819, jn0828.
15 - Brimstone Attention may have been called to the destruction of cities of the plain ge1924 or to the destruction of Job's property jb0116.
16 - Roots ... dried Complete desolation as also in jb1408.
17 - Remembrance No one will wish he were still living ps03416, ps10913.
| 18 He shall be driven from
light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
- Into darkness From light into eternal darkness of the second
death. Satan and those who choose his way will be as they had never been
20 - After ... before "Rather, 'those in the West—those in the East'; that is, all people; literally, 'those behind—those before'; for Orientals in geography turn with their faces to the east (not to the north as we), and back to the west; so that before—east; behind—north (so Zec 14:8)." (JFB).
21 - Knoweth not God Clearly a false accusation about Job. He would pray for his accusers jb4208.