Book of Job

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Bildad is Job’s friend who, with Eliphaz and Zophar, visits Job with the alleged intention of comforting him in his suffering. The book gives no further details about Bildad, and the three companions don’t have very distinct personalities (or arguments, for that matter). At first, the friends commiserate with Job in silence, but after Job begins to lament his pain and to argue that he suffers unjustly, Bildad and the others begin to argue with Job in return. Basically, Bildad says, wisdom teaches that God does not punish the righteous, and if Job is truly innocent, then God will restore his fortunes. Like the other two, Bildad applies wisdom to Job’s situation in a simplistic way that Job rejects as useless.

Bildad the Shuhite Quotes in Book of Job

The Book of Job quotes below are all either spoken by Bildad the Shuhite or refer to Bildad the Shuhite. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Book of Job published in 2001.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They met together to go and console and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him, and they raised their voices and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads. They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

Page Number: 2:11-13
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Chapter 32 Quotes

So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes. Then Elihu son of Barachel the Buzite, of the family of Ram, became angry. He was angry at Job because he justified himself rather than God; he was angry also at Job’s three friends because they had found no answer, though they had declared Job to be in the wrong. Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were older than he. But when Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouths of these three men, he became angry.

Page Number: 32:1-5
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Bildad the Shuhite Character Timeline in Book of Job

The timeline below shows where the character Bildad the Shuhite appears in Book of Job. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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When they hear about Job’s sufferings, three of Job’s friends come to visit—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. Their plan is to comfort Job. As they approach... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Next, Bildad the Shuhite speaks up. He asks Job how long he’ll continue talking like this, his... (full context)
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Bildad tells Job that he should consider the wisdom of past generations. Papyrus can’t grow without... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Job answers Bildad. He doesn’t disagree, yet how can a human being be considered righteous by God? God... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Next Bildad speaks. He asks Job how long he’s going to keep talking—does he think they’re stupid?... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Next, Bildad the Shuhite speaks. He says that dominion belongs to God, God’s armies are innumerable, and... (full context)
Chapter 26
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Job interrupts Bildad with sarcasm. How helpful his friends have been, he says, to a powerless one like... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...Job’s prayer that he not deal with these men “according to [their] folly.” So Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar do this, and God accepts Job’s prayer on their behalf. (full context)