After Job’s reply (ch23-24), Bildad issues one final reply (ch.25). Here’s a translation.
Previously:Â 1:1-5Â |Â 1:6-12Â |Â 1:13-22Â |Â 2:1-6Â |Â 2:7-13Â |Â 3:1-10Â |Â 3:11-26Â |Â 4Â |Â 5:1-7Â |Â 5:8-27Â |Â 6Â |Â 7Â |Â 8:1-7Â |Â 8:8-22Â |Â 9Â |Â 10Â |Â 11Â |Â 12Â |Â 13:1-16Â |Â 13:17-14:22Â |Â 15Â |Â 16Â |Â 17Â |Â 18Â |Â 19Â |Â 20Â |Â 21Â |Â 22Â | 23-24
25:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, and he said:
2 â€œDominion (lit: to rule) and dread [are] with him,
[Who] makes peace in his high [place].â€
3 Is there number to his armies?
And over whom does his light not arise?
4 And what man is righteous with God?
And who is clean, born of woman?
5 Look as far as the moon, and it is not bright;
And the stars, they are not pure in His eyes.
6 Also [is] then a man, a maggot,
And a son of Adam, a worm [?]
Â Brief thoughts:
- Bildad the blab becomes Bildad the brief. Even the Hebrew sounds clipped, especially verse 6, which literally reads: “Also – then – man – maggot – and – son of Adam – worm” . It’s a far cry from his fulsome words previously (ch8:1-7, 8:8-22, 18)
- Bildad appeals to creation in a way God will do later. But he is not really that interested in defending Godâ€™s wisdom, but just pointing out manâ€™s distance from God. The implication is that Job is a human and impossibly separated from God. But perhaps God will show up?