Bildad Speaks: Man Cannot Be Righteous
Then o Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
"Dominion and fear are with God;
he makes peace in his high heaven.
Is there any number to his p armies?
Upon whom does his q light not arise?
How then can man be r in the right before God?
How can he who is s born of woman be t pure?
Behold, even the moon is not bright,
and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
u how much less man, who is v a maggot,
and w the son of man, who is a worm!"
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.
His troops come on together; they have cast up their siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent.
Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
So that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Job 4:17 - 19
Can mortal man be in the right before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?
Truly I know that it is so: But how can a man be in the right before God?
Job 15:14 - 16
What is man, that he can be pure? Or he who is born of a woman, that he can be righteous?
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you.
Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.
Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? There is not one.
How then can I answer him, choosing my words with him?
How much less one who is abominable and corrupt, a man who drinks injustice like water!
But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord ; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Your wickedness concerns a man like yourself, and your righteousness a son of man.