Job Holds Fast to His Integrity . . . Job 25-27
Bildad ironically declares that job has greatly helped a powerless God, describes the majesty of God's rule, and recites the mighty acts of God. Job holds fast to his integrity; his charge against God is true and he will not conceal it. Zophar (?) delivers a caustic rebuke to Job. After that, the friends are silent.
In these three chapters the smooth flow of one round of addresses after another is broken. We meet with surprises in this last half of the third cycle: a few brief lines from Bildad , two announced addresses from Job [26 and 27], and nothing from Zophar. Has someone been tampering with the headings?
Can we really believe that Bildad begins, as announced, with eloquent words describing the rule of God?
25:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with Him;
In His keeping the heavenly order!
This is not the hasty Bildad of our acquaintance who has twice come forward to wither Job with a few cutting remarks and has reached a high plane of eloquence only when his address is almost at an end. We must conclude that Bildad, at the beginning of chapter 25, is at least in the middle of his address.
A Bildad with whom we are familiar--stormily ironic and rather cruel--can be discovered in the opening lines of chapter 26; but because this chapter is ascribed to Job it has been interpreted as Job's reply to Bildad's very brief address in chapter 25. It is not hard to understand how the opening lines of Bildad's address could be misplaced. The shifting of these three verses [26:2-4] from the beginning to the middle of his reply to Job