Job continues to expound on why life is unfair. He makes some good points: “The poor must go about naked, without any clothing. They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving. They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the wine press as they suffer from thirst.” (v 10-11) But god has no answers for him.
Bildad shoots Job down again, reminding him that no one born of a woman can be ‘clean’ (KJV) or ‘pure’ (NLT and NIV). Take your pick – either way, it’s a pretty misogynistic statement. But Bildad’s not singling out women; he believes that everyone’s bad – “people are maggots; we mortals are mere worms.” We still have preachers who spew this kind of hateful worldview. Now I know where they get their source material.
Job drones on and on about god’s power.
Job continues to avow his innocence. “I will never concede that you are right; I will defend my integrity until I die. I will maintain my innocence without wavering. My conscience is clear for as long as I live.” (v 5-6)
This is Job’s monologue about wisdom. “The price of wisdom is far above rubies.” (v 18)