Bildad the Shuhite Replies (Job 8)

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Job 8

1. Who among your family has lived the longest? Has the most formal education? Has graduated from the school of hard knocks?

2. How does the tone of Bildad’s argument compare to the older Eliphaz? What kind of friend does he appear to be?

3. What is Bildad’s view of justice? What “if . . . then . . .” formula does he use on Job?

4. In the eyes of Bildad, what is Job? Explain your answer (verses 2, 6, 13, 20)?

  • an evil hypocrite (pretending to be something he is not)?
  • self-deceived?
  • all talk, no-show?
  • “pure, upright, blameless”?

5. At what point is Bildad’s prophecy more accurate than he thinks (verses 6, 20; see chapter 42:10 – 17)?

6. What source does Bildad draw upon for his authoritative view (verses 8 – 10)? Does this seem any more reliable to you than Eliphaz’s source (see chapter 4:12 – 16)?

7. What age-old wisdom of former generations does Bildad offer (verses 11 – 19)? How does that extended proverb apply to Job’s situation?

8. What proverbial wisdom has been effectively passed down in your family by those who have graduated from life’s school of hard knocks? How would that wisdom apply to Job’s situation? To your current situation?

9. What view would Bildad likely have of you and your situation, as compared to Job? How would you respond to a friend like Bildad?


Job Replies (Job 7:6 – 21)

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Job 7:6 – 21

1. In your under-your-breath conversations were monitored for a day, what would that likely reveal about you?

  • lots of self-talk, berating myself
  • many pep-talks, encouraging myself
  • unmentionable cursing?
  • talk back sessions?
  • prayers too deep for words?
  • last laughs?
  • imaginary friends?

2. To whom is Job speaking now? Why pray now?

3. In praying, is Job trying to get God to pay more attention to him? Or is Job trying to get rid of God (who now terrifies him)?

4. Is Job’s complaint frivolous or well-founded (verses 11 – 16)?

5. Why does Job doubt his self-worth (verses 15 – 17)? Why does he think God created him (verses 18 – 21)?

6. What does it mean to be examined by God, according to Job? According to the psalmist (Psalm 8:4 – 8; Psalm 139)? How are their situations different?

7. Consider a close friend: Would you rather know this person, or be known by this person? What is the difference?

8. Likewise, what does it mean to both know God and be known by Him? Compared to human friendships, how well do you and God know each other? Does that make you feel comfort or discomfort?


Job Replies (Job 6:1 – 7:5)

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Job 6:1 – 7:5

1. In what areas of your life are you a noted “heavyweight”?

  • heavy thinker?
  • heavy player?
  • heavy talker?
  • heavy sleeper?
  • heavy worker?
  • theological heavyweight?

2. In what areas of your life are you considered a “lightweight”?

3. In chapter 6:2 – 6 and chapter 7:1 – 6, does Job describe his anguish more in physical terms? Emotional tones? Spiritual ideas? Or what?

4. What images or word pictures carry more of the weight of Job’s anguish than any of the others?

5. Who does Job view as the source of his suffering? According to chapters 1 and 2, is he right?

6. How does Job regard the food for thought offered by Eliphaz (verses 5 and 6)?

7. What is Job’s request in verses 8 – 10? Is he thinking of suicide? Or is he a masochist? Or what? What does his “consolation” prize (verse 10) say about his priorities?

8. Is Job being too hard on his friends (verses 14 – 30)? What does he expect of his “brothers” (compare Galatians 6:1, 2)? How have they proven to be of no help? What false accusations does he want them to take back?

9. What does Job’s “integrity” consist of (verse 29; see chapter 2:9, 10)? Why does he think his integrity is at stake here?

10. Have you ever experienced anything like Job’s misery (as described in chapter 7:3, 4) for months? Several nights? Even one night? What were the circumstances and your response to them?

11. When have you felt like your personal integrity was at stake? What did you do to defend yourself from false accusations?

12. If “silence is golden”, what is friendly advice worth to you? When is it priceless? When is it worthless? What does your assessment depend on?

13. What consolation have you experienced from the hand of God?