Bible: Job 8-11
Bildad’s First Speech to Job 1
8:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite spoke up and said:
8:2 “How long will you speak these things, 2
seeing 3 that the words of your mouth
Or does the Almighty pervert 8 what is right?
8:4 If 9 your children sinned against him,
and make your supplication 14 to the Almighty,
even now he will rouse himself 18 for you,
8:7 Your beginning 21 will seem so small,
since your future will flourish. 22
8:8 “For inquire now of the former 23 generation,
of their ancestors; 26
8:9 For we were born yesterday 27 and do not have knowledge,
since our days on earth are but a shadow. 28
and bring forth words 31
from their understanding? 32
8:11 Can the papyrus plant grow tall 33 where there is no marsh?
Can reeds flourish 34 without water?
8:12 While they are still beginning to flower 35
and not ripe for cutting, 36
they can wither away 37
8:13 Such is the destiny 40 of all who forget God;
the hope of the godless 41 perishes,
whose security is a spider’s web. 45
8:15 He leans against his house but it does not hold up, 46
he takes hold 47 of it but it does not stand.
8:18 If he is uprooted 56 from his place,
‘I have never seen you!’
8:19 Indeed, this is the joy of his way, 59
8:20 “Surely, God does not reject a blameless man, 62
nor does he grasp the hand 63
of the evildoers.
and your lips with gladness.
and the tent of the wicked will be no more.”
Job’s Reply to Bildad 68
9:1 Then Job answered:
9:2 “Truly, 69 I know that this is so.
he cannot answer 76 him one time in a thousand.
9:5 He who removes mountains suddenly, 82
who overturns them in his anger; 83
9:6 he who shakes the earth out of its place 84
so that its pillars tremble; 85
and seals up 88 the stars;
9:8 he alone spreads out the heavens,
and the constellations of the southern sky; 94
9:10 he does great and unsearchable things, 95
and wonderful things without number.
if he goes by, I cannot perceive him. 99
Who dares to say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
9:13 God does not restrain his anger; 102
The Impossibility of Facing God in Court
I could not answer him; 113
9:16 If I summoned him, and he answered me, 116
I would not believe 117
that he would be listening to my voice –
and multiplies my wounds for no reason. 120
for he fills 123 me with bitterness.
9:19 If it is a matter of strength, 124
most certainly 125 he is the strong one!
And if it is a matter of justice,
he will say, ‘Who will summon me?’ 126
9:20 Although I am innocent, 127
although I am blameless,
it would declare me perverse. 130
I despise my life.
Accusation of God’s Justice
‘He destroys the blameless and the guilty.’
9:23 If a scourge brings sudden death, 135
9:24 If a land 139 has been given
into the hand of a wicked man, 140
if it is not he, then who is it? 143
they speed by without seeing happiness.
9:29 If I am guilty, 158
9:30 If I wash myself with snow water, 162
and make my hands clean with lye, 163
9:31 then you plunge me into a slimy pit 164
and my own clothes abhor me.
9:32 For he 165 is not a human being like I am,
that 166 I might answer him,
that we might come 167 together in judgment.
9:33 Nor is there an arbiter 168 between us,
so that his terror 175 would not make me afraid.
9:35 Then 176 would I speak and not fear him,
but it is not so with me. 177
An Appeal for Revelation
I will complain without restraint; 180
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.
10:2 I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn 181 me;
to 186 despise the work of your hands,
on the schemes of the wicked?
Motivations of God
10:4 “Do you have eyes of flesh, 189
10:5 Are your days like the days of a mortal,
or your years like the years 192 of a mortal,
and inquire about my sin,
10:7 although you know 195 that I am not guilty,
and that there is no one who can deliver 196
out of your hand?
Contradictions in God’s Dealings
10:8 “Your hands have shaped 197 me and made me,
10:9 Remember that you have made me as with 200 the clay;
will 201 you return me to dust?
10:10 Did you not pour 202 me out like milk,
10:11 You clothed 205 me with skin and flesh
and knit me together 206 with bones and sinews.
and your intervention 209 watched over my spirit.
10:13 “But these things 210 you have concealed in your heart;
10:14 If I sinned, then you would watch me
and you would not acquit me of my iniquity.
and if I am innocent, I cannot lift my head; 215
I am full of shame, 216
and satiated with my affliction. 217
10:16 If I lift myself up, 218
you hunt me as a fierce lion, 219
10:17 You bring new witnesses 222 against me,
and increase your anger against me;
relief troops 223 come against me.
An Appeal for Relief
10:18 “Why then did you bring me out from the womb?
I should have died 224
and no eye would have seen me!
10:19 I should have been as though I had never existed; 225
I should have been carried
right from the womb to the grave!
10:20 Are not my days few? 226
that I may find a little comfort, 230
10:21 before I depart, never to return, 231
to the land of darkness
and the deepest shadow, 232
10:22 to the land of utter darkness,
like the deepest darkness,
and the deepest shadow and disorder, 233
Zophar’s First Speech to Job 236
11:1 Then Zophar the Naamathite spoke up and said:
be vindicated? 241
11:4 For you have said, ‘My teaching 246 is flawless,
and I am pure in your sight.’
11:5 But if only God would speak, 247
if only he would open his lips against you, 248
11:6 and reveal to you the secrets of wisdom –
for true wisdom has two sides 249 –
so that you would know 250
that God has forgiven some of your sins. 251
Can you find out 254
the perfection of the Almighty? 255
11:8 It is higher 256 than the heavens – what can you do?
It is deeper than Sheol 257 – what can you know?
11:9 Its measure is longer than the earth,
and broader than the sea.
and convenes a court, 261
then who can prevent 262 him?
11:12 But an empty man will become wise,
when a wild donkey’s colt is born a human being. 267
and do not let evil reside in your tents.
11:15 For 274 then you will lift up your face
you will be securely established 277
and will not fear.
you will remember it
like water that 280 has flowed away.
though there be darkness, 283
it will be like the morning.
11:18 And you will be secure, because there is hope;
you will be protected 284
and will take your rest in safety.
11:19 You will lie down with 285 no one to make you afraid,
and many will seek your favor. 286
11:20 But the eyes of the wicked fail, 287
and escape 288 eludes them;