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Bible Commentaries
Job 25

Garner-Howes Baptist CommentaryGarner-Howes

Verses 1-6



Verses 1-6:

Verses 1, 2 describe how Bildad the Shuhite tried to show that Job was rash in his statements, Job 23:3. He borrows and rehashes arguments set forth by Eliphaz, Job 11:17; Job 15:15. He asserts that power and terror or dominion and fear exist with the Lord, adding that He continually makes peace in His high places, about the heavenly throne, Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:20.

Verse 3 inquires whether or not His armies (of angels), of Gabriel and Michael’s bands, have been or can be numbered. It appears also to allude to the mass of stars that serve the Lord. For it is asked "upon whom does not His light arise?" Genesis 1:3-5; Genesis 14:16; Psalms 139:8; Psalms 139:11; Matthew 5:45; James 1:17. See also Jeremiah 33:22; Genesis 15:5; Daniel 7:10.

Verses 4, 5 recount Bildad’s request for Job to explain just how a man can be just, justified, or righteous in the presence of the Lord. Then he adds that Job should also explain how one can be (become or exist as) clean (morally clean) who is born of woman, Job 4:17; Job 9:2; Job 15:14; Psalms 130:3; Psalms 143:2; Romans 3:19-20. He then adds that the moon will not shine always and the stars are not pure in His sight. They too await a judgment of destruction, as they symbolize fallen angels, Job 4:18; Revelation 9:1. These fallen angels are charged with folly and will one day come to their final judgment fall, Revelation 6:12-17; 2 Peter 2:4; 2 Peter 3:10-11; Judges 1:6.

Verse 6 concludes that if the stars, moon, and angels are impure before God, how much more likely is man putrefied, corrupt, like a maggot, a flesh-eating worm before him. Is Job not a groveling weak worm in the presence of the Lord? Psalms 22:6. In this state he was despised by the people, as an unclean one, Psalms 22:8; Psalms 22:11-13; Psalms 109:25; Matthew 27:39-44.

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on Job 25". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghb/job-25.html. 1985.
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