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8 For enquire [sha'al], I pray
thee, of the former [ri'shown] [ri'shown] age [dowr], and prepare [kuwn] thyself to the search [cheqer] of their fathers ['ab]:
9 (For we are but of yesterday [tamowl], and know [yada`] nothing,
because our days [yowm] upon earth ['erets] are a shadow [tsel]:)
10 Shall not they teach [yarah] thee, and tell ['amar]
thee, and utter [yatsa'] words [millah] out of their heart [leb]? KJV-Interlinear
8 'Please inquire of past generations, And consider the
things searched out by their fathers. 9 'For
we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are as a
shadow. 10 'Will they not teach you and
tell you, And bring forth words from their minds? NASB
Bildad implies that it is Gods will and
way, for dealing with people in this life.
To deal with the bad, as bad, and to deal with the good as good. The bad
get their due justice and the good receive their due reward.
If there exists a seemingly good person
who is really bad, then God will discover it, remove his blessings and reveal
his inner sins before all.
Bildad now uses the witness of former
generations, the ancients, the older folks who have been on this earth far
longer than the current generation of Job, to prove his point.
Since the Flood of Noah's time, there
were only ten generations through the time of Abraham. We have assumed, though we do not know for
certain, that Job lived prior to Abraham.
If true, then there only exists perhaps six or seven generations prior
to Job's time. Those few generations
lived from 400's to 900's of years. Jobs
life to date, has been only about a hundred years.
Folks who have been around for many
hundreds of years, will have seen many things and will have experienced many
things, and will have made many observations in life. What have you seen and heard in your short
life of just a few decades. Imagine your
knowledge and observations, if you had been around for the last several hundred
years. You would know more than the history
Our days on this earth are nothing more
than shadows. Which means that as a
shadow comes and goes with the light of day, or is interrupted by clouds or
other objects, so our lives are short lived and can end with little
notice. Our learning curve in this world
The earlier generations had many
centuries in which to learn of life. As
the life spans diminished, then the time to learn also diminished. One cannot learn in eighty years, what one
could learn in eight-hundred years. Of
course with our current age of books and technology, information comes much
easier than it did in early civilization, when neither books nor technology
Job and his friends learned much of what
they know, by means of oral teachings from their elders.
But note one thing. Job and Eliphaz and Bildad, listened to the
same teachings, and yet they will have different interpretations of what they
Bildad is of the opinion that Gods
policies are very simple. If you are
made to suffer inordinately, then you must be a bad person. If you are a good person, then you will never
suffer in such a manner.
They lived in a time when history was
very young. We live in a time when
history has a very long track record, dealing with the good and the bad. In our time, if you are objective, you can
probably find examples of every possible situation imaginable.
Job lived in a time when the older
generations were still alive. He could
actually go up to someone who was several hundred years old, and talk with
Today, we rely on recorded documents in
order to know what people thought and did in earlier generations. So we do not have the opportunity of speaking
directly with earlier generations.
By comparison, Job's younger generation
could not know as much as the generations that lived far longer, centuries
This is Bildad's example in support of
his argument. Ask anyone, especially the
older generations. 'They will tell you
that good gets blessed and bad gets punished.
You are punished therefore you are bad.'
Bildad limits his conclusions to the
extent of his observations. He does not peer into the spiritual side of life
for other possible circumstances or explanations.
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