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Bildad teaches us, to think highly and honourably of God, and to think
meanly of ourselves, ver. 1 - 6.
1: Answered - Not to that which Job spake last, but to that
which seemed most reprovable in all his discourses; his censure of
God's proceedings with him, and his desire of disputing the matter
with him. Perhaps Bildad and the rest now perceived that Job and
they did not differ so much as they thought. They owned that the
wicked might prosper for a while. And Job owned, they would be
destroyed at the last.
2: Dominion - Sovereign power over all persons and things.
Fear - Terror, that which justly makes him dreadful to all men, and
especially to all that undertake to dispute with him. He - This
clause, as well as the following verse, seems to be added to prove
God's dominion and dreadfulness: he keepeth and ruleth all persons
and things in heaven, in peace and harmony. The angels, though they
be very numerous, all own his sovereignty, and acquiesce in his pleasure.
The stars, tho' vast in their bulk, and various in their motions: exactly
keep the order which God hath appointed them: and therefore it is great
folly for thee to quarrel with the methods of God's dealings with thee.
3: Armies - Of the angels, and stars, and other creatures, all which
are his hosts. Light - The light of the sun is communicated to all parts
of the world. This is a faint resemblance, of the cognisance and care
which God takes of the whole creation. All are under the light of his
knowledge: all partake of the light of his goodness: his pleasure is
to shew mercy: all the creatures live upon his bounty.
4: Man - The word signifies man that is miserable, which supposes
him to be sinful; and shall such a creature quarrel with that dominion
of God, to which the sinless, and happy, and glorious angels submit?
God - Before God's tribunal, to which thou dost so boldly appeal.
5: Moon - The moon, tho' bright and glorious, if compared with the
Divine Majesty, is without any lustre or glory. By naming the moon,
and thence proceeding to the stars, the sun is also included.
6: Worm - Mean, and vile, and impotent; proceeding from corruption,
and returning to it. The son - For miserable man in the last branch
he here puts the son of any man, to shew that this is true even of
the greatest and best of men. Let us then wonder at the condescension of
God, in taking such worms into covenant and communion with himself!