Job 25 Summary
Job did lay down a challenge for his friends to prove him wrong in Job 24 summary. And so the next friend – Bildad – will try just that for a mere 6 verses in chapter 25. And this will be the last response of any of these friends that we see in this book.
Job 25 Summary of Verses 1-3
God’s martial rule establishes peace in heaven | Job 25:1-3
Bildad begins by asserting that God’s martial rule establishes peace in heaven – verses 1-3…
KJV Job 25:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Job 25:2 Dominion and [fear/awe/awesome might] [are with/belong to] [him/God],
[he maketh/who establishes/he establishes] peace in his [high places/heights].
Job 25:3 Is there any number of his armies? [Can his armies be numbered?…]
and upon whom doth not his light arise?
Job 25 Summary of Verses 4-6
God’s not impressed with heaven nor mankind | Job 25:4-6
And this God who imposes his military rule over heaven isn’t all that impressed with heaven – or with mankind – verses 4-6…
Job 25:4 How then can man be [justified/just/righteous] [with/before] God?
or how can he be [clean/pure] that is born of a woman?
Job 25:5 Behold even [to the moon, and it shineth not/the moon has no brightness/the moon is not bright]; [in God’s sight…]
yea, the stars are not pure [in his sight/as far as he is concerned].
Job 25:6 How much less man, [that is a/that/who is but a] [worm/maggot]?
[and the/a] son of man, [which is a/that/who is only a] worm?
So, if God dominates heaven – which is so apparently beautiful and perfect – then how could he ever accept a worm like mankind as being righteous?
This presupposition that Bildad is expressing is what fuels his Retribution Theology. You have to impress God with your good deeds and maybe then he’ll bless you. Bildad’s theology has no place for a man being truly righteous in God’s eyes.
And that’s all that Bildad has to say.