Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.
3 Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?
4 He teareth himself in his anger: shall the earth be forsaken for thee? and shall the rock be removed out of his place?
5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him.
7 The steps of his strength shall be straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.
9 The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him.
10 The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
11 Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
12 His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side.
13 It shall devour the strength of his skin: even the firstborn of death shall devour his strength.
14 His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
15 It shall dwell in his tabernacle, because it is none of his: brimstone shall be scattered upon his habitation.
16 His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off.
17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.
18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.
19 He shall neither have son nor nephew among his people, nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 They that come after him shall be astonied at his day, as they that went before were affrighted.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God.
What Job’s friend Bildad has in mind is the Egyptian theology of death--all who die leave the earth on a boat with the sungod Ra to make the journey on the heavenly Nile. They go through 12 gates with monsters terrorizing them on the way. At midnight, directly over the earthly Nile, they appear in the judgment hall of the god Osiris for the investigative judgment and to await the judgment of fire. Bildad continues: When a wicked person dies, “he is torn from his tent and shall be sent to the king of terrors” (v. 14). His remembrance on earth shall be lost; he has no name on the streets; he shall be driven from light to darkness, and shall have no more children (vv. 17-19).
Falsehoods all around us are invented by those who do not read Your Word properly. Bildad’s view of the horror of afterlife sounds similar to some modern beliefs. But, like Job, we wish to be remembered when You return at the Second Coming. We also want to abide in Christ our Righteousness with a pledge of future salvation. This is our humble plea. Amen.
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea