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G. Campbell Morgan's Exposition on the Whole Bible

Job 8

 

 

Verses 1-22

In answer to Job, the next of his friends, Bildad, took up the argument. There is greater directness in his speech than in that of Eliphaz. By comparison it lacks in courtesy, but gains in force. He made no reference to Job's attack on his friends, but proceeded to make one statement of the righteousness of God from two standpoints. He first protested against the idea which Job's complaint had seemed to advance, that God's dealings are ever unjust with the righteous (1-7). It would be better for him to recognize that his children had died on account of their sin, and himself turn to God. Next he affirmed that those who forget God can no more flourish than can the m h without mire, or the flag .without water. The paths of such as forget God are described with great force (8-19). The two things are then summarized (20):

God will not cast away a perfect man, Neither will He uphold the evildoers.

This is followed by an expression of hope concerning Job. Here again we have the same general thought as appeared in the speech of Eliphaz, namely, that God is righteous, and prospers the just, and punishes evil. No direct charge was made against Job. He was left to make his own deduction and application.

 


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Morgan, G. Campbell. "Commentary on Job 8:4". "G. Campbell Morgan Exposition on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gcm/job-8.html. 1857-84.

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