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1 Then answered [`anah] Bildad [Bildad] the Shuhite [Shuchiy], and
said ['amar], KJV-Interlinear
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite
Bildad, the second of the three friends, which have been
introduced thus far, has run out of things to say. He is the last of the three to speak, and
what he has to say gives us some additional information regarding our place in
this universe, but has nothing to do with Jobs situation.
Bildads' name means, 'son of contention,'
or 'Bel has loved.' Bel means, 'wisdom
of the distant East.' The location of
his homeland is not known, but it apparently is east of Job's home. Bildad's speeches have generally echoed the
words of Eliphaz, but have been delivered with more severity and sternness.
The gist of what Bildad has to say is this. That God is all-powerful. Man is nothing more than a worm. Angels, or Gods armies, are far superior to
man. And if the angels cannot live up to
the standards set by God, then how can man possibly achieve a state of
But before we get into the details of Bildad's final
argument, we need to think about a few things.
First, Bildad represents the thought of the world. The beliefs that are expressed by the world
and loved by the world. Loved so much
that nothing else is listened to.
Second, Bildad does not listen to Jobs arguments. He is so hung up on his own arguments that he
doesn't even consider for a moment that there might be some other explanation
of Jobs suffering.
Third, Jobs arguments are filled with irrefutable
facts. Bildad ignores the facts.
Fourth, Bildad is not interested in facts that do not
fit his beliefs. With Bildad, his
beliefs come first, and then the facts are invented to fit them.
Fifth, Bildad knows a great deal of truth. He has learned many proverbs during his
lifetime, proverbs which have their foundation in truth.
Sixth, however Bildad lacks the wisdom of
application. Knowledge of principles
does not make one wise when reality is ignored.
Seventh, knowledge is merely the comprehension of
facts or details in life.
Eighth, understanding is the ability to form the
details of knowledge into general principles.
Ninth, wisdom is the ability to apply understanding to
the realities of day-to-day life, and arrive at correct decisions or
Lack of wisdom means that you will form beliefs or
draw conclusions based on what you have heard from others (gossip, hearsay,
media), or what you have conjured up in your imagination.
True wisdom is derived from the study of Bible
Lack of wisdom means that you will form a false wisdom
within your own soul. And false wisdom leads
to all kinds of bad decisions and conclusions in life which have been tainted
with emotional or biased beliefs.
Candidates are not considered for their qualifications. Issues are not viewed objectively. Decisions are based on emotions, lusts,
agendas, and so forth.
And most important of all, truth gets ignored more and
more, making it more and more difficult to transform the thinking of a mind
filled with erroneous thinking.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.