Bildad’s Second Response to Job
Bildad rebukes Job:
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long before you stop talking?
Speak sense if you want us to answer!
3 Do you think we are mere animals?
Do you think we are stupid?
4 You may tear out your hair in anger,
but will that destroy the earth?
Will it make the rocks tremble?
Bildad describes the afflictions of the wicked:
5 “Surely the light of the wicked will be snuffed out.
The sparks of their fire will not glow.
6 The light in their tent will grow dark.
The lamp hanging above them will be quenched.
7 The confident stride of the wicked will be shortened.
Their own schemes will be their downfall.
8 The wicked walk into a net.
They fall into a pit.
9 A trap grabs them by the heel.
A snare holds them tight.
10 A noose lies hidden on the ground.
A rope is stretched across their path.
A net, a pit, a trap, a snare, a noose, a rope — Bildad is surely thorough! The wicked are on a dangerous path; their doom is sure!
11 “Terrors surround the wicked
and trouble them at every step.
12 Hunger depletes their strength,
and calamity waits for them to stumble.
13 Disease eats their skin;
death devours their limbs.
14 They are torn from the security of their homes
and are brought down to the king of terrors.
“The king of terrors” — a marvelously poetic description of death itself. We speak of the “Grim Reaper” and, from the 15th century onwards, it came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. The Bible itself refers to “The Angel of Death” when he reaps Egypt’s firstborns. Incidentally, in English, death is personified as male, but in some other languages, death is portrayed as female.
15 The homes of the wicked will burn down;
burning sulfur rains on their houses.
16 Their roots will dry up,
and their branches will wither.
17 All memory of their existence will fade from the earth,
no one will remember their names.
18 They will be thrust from light into darkness,
driven from the world.
19 They will have neither children nor grandchildren,
nor any survivor in the place where they lived.
20 People in the west are appalled at their fate;
people in the east are horrified.
21 They will say, ‘This was the home of a wicked person,
the place of one who rejected God.’”
“It is not Job’s wickedness but his faithfulness that the Lord is disclosing through this ordeal. In fact there may be nothing our God wants more than to bring each one of us to the point where He can do with us exactly what He did with Job: hand us over with perfect confidence into the clutches of Satan, knowing that even then our faith will hold.”
Bildad makes very clear what the destiny of the wicked will be. And wicked ones and righteous ones alike must face the end of their lives. Yet what a difference! Death is the last enemy a believer must face, and even then, Jesus is with us! Goodness and mercy will follow us. So there is no need to fear, now or then. HERE is Chris Tomlin and “All the Way My Savior Leads Me.” It is a peaceful joy to let these words sink in and soothe the soul.
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