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1 Then answered <`anah> Bildad <Bildad> the
Shuhite <Shuchiy>, and said <'amar>, KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, NASB
Eliphaz was the first of the three
friends to speak with Job. His name
represents the golden jewels of wisdom from the world, resulting from ages of
thought and experience. A Temanite,
which means southerner, we presume that Eliphaz lived somewhere to the south of
Now Bildad takes his turn to speak. Notice that none of these men interrupted
when another was speaking. They each
took their respective turns to speak.
Bildad was listed as the second of the three friends mentioned in the
second chapter. His name means, 'son of
contention,' or 'Bel has loved.' Bel
means, 'wisdom of the distant East.'
From this, we presume that Bildad lived east of Job's home.
By the description of his name and
apparent residence, Bildad is argumentative in nature. He will repeat or echo the message of
Eliphaz, but Bildad will be a little more harsh toward Job.
The chief content of Bildad's comments
will be an appeal to the teachings of past ages, that is, the teachings that
have been handed down from the elders to younger generations. And since those older folks are still alive,
due to the very long life spans of their time, then a person can actually go
and ask an older person, a very old older person, what they think about this or
Today, you would be very lucky to know
your grandparents let alone your great or great-great-great grandparents. But back then, nearly all of the generations
from the time of Noah and Shem up until Jobs day, are still alive. You can print off the 'Generations' chart to
see the timeline of these folks.
When you are being corrected by someone
who does not wish to see the total picture, then their reproofs tend to get
stuck on mistakes or flaws which do not actually exist. The principle of mistakes may be a truth but
if the mistakes or the errors that are being corrected do not apply, then the
whole argument becomes meaningless.
Jobs friends have made the assumption
that Job has done something wrong. Just
look at him. It is obvious. But in making Job's crime a reality, they
have to make the facts fit it. So
through the process of selective analysis, that is selecting only those facts
that make their argument stick, these three friends will try to prove Jobs
guilt, and they will try to convince Job of his guilt.
Bildad will rake Job over the coals in
the first part of the chapter, and then he will give Job a brief positive word
at the end of the chapter, to cheer him up.
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