As I read Job, I try and put myself into both Job’s situation and the friends. Remember, they don’t have the key hole insight we do to Job’s situation nor to God. Remember, they don’t have the Bible, Jesus Christ or the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as well as the letters of Peter, Paul, John, James, and all the others. Imagine though, your friends never sit with and say “Ok, if you have not sinned, why might he do this, let’s think this through.” However, it has reduced to the point where Bildad is lecturing Job, who God himself trusted, is telling Job how to have an even better relationship with God. In Chapter 26, it is starting to sound like Job is getting enough of their “good will”.
Job 24:25 NCV
. . . Who can show that my words are worth nothing?”
Job 25 New Century Version (NCV)
25 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:
2 “God rules and he must be honored;
he set up order in his high heaven.
4 So no one can be good in the presence of God,
and no one born to a woman can be pure.
Job 26New Century Version (NCV)
Job Answers Bildad
26 Then Job answered:
2 “You are no help to the helpless!
You have not aided the weak!
3 Your advice lacks wisdom!
You have shown little understanding!
4 Who has helped you say these words?
And where did you get these ideas?