Bildad the Shuhite tells Job he needs to repent. Almost all Christians fall into this same trap of telling people what they need to do.
VERSE 1. Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,
a mighty wind. Bildad sees Job as full of hot air.
VERSE 3. Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert righteousness?
VERSE 4. If your children have sinned against him, He has delivered them into the hand of their disobedience.
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VERSE 5. If you want to seek God diligently, make your supplication to the Almighty.
VERSE 6. If you were pure and upright, surely now he would awaken for you, and make the habitation of your righteousness prosperous.
NIV 1984 translation. Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.
greatly increase. We wish this for everyone!
VERSE 8. “Please inquire of past generations. Find out about the learning of their fathers.
Lamentations 3:22. It is because of the LORD’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail.
VERSE 10. Shall they not teach you, tell you, and utter words out of their heart?
VERSE 11. “Can the papyrus grow up without mire? Can the rushes grow without water?
VERSE 12. While it is yet in its greenness, not cut down, it withers before any other reed.
VERSE 13. So are the paths of all who forget God. The hope of the godless man shall perish,
VERSE 14. Whose confidence shall break apart, Whose trust is a spider’s web.
VERSE 15. He shall lean on his house, but it shall not stand. He shall cling to it, but it shall not endure.
VERSE 16. He is green before the sun. His shoots go out along his garden.
VERSE 17. His roots are wrapped around the rock pile. He sees the place of stones.
VERSE 18. If he is destroyed from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, ‘I have not seen you.’
VERSE 19. Behold, this is the joy of his way: out of the earth, others shall spring.
VERSE 20. “Behold, God will not cast away a blameless man, neither will he uphold the evildoers.
fill your mouth with laughter. Unlike Eliphaz, Bildad temporarily speaks a few words of hope into Job’s life.
In our era of widespread negativity, a few words of faith can give people great hope. Speaking favorably to another is a great act of charity!
your lips with shouting. That is, “your lips with rejoicing” (NIV 1984 translation)
VERSE 22. Those who hate you shall be clothed with shame. The tent of the wicked shall be no more.”
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