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Bible Commentaries

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Job 25

Verses 1-6

Job 25:4 . How can man be justified with God? Bildad asks a question which he himself could not answer; but we have the proper answer from the living oracle, Job 42:8. “Take seven bullocks, and offer up sacrifices It is God that justifieth; it is Christ that died God hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Job 25:5 . Behold even the moon, and it shineth not. The sense seems to be, If the moon and the stars are lights inferior to the sun, how much more is man inferior to the great Fountain of all intelligence and purity; and what is he but darkness itself, when compared with his Maker.


Bildad finding Job immoveable, makes only a short reply, that though God often spares the wicked, even to hoary age, it does not derogate from his grandeur. He reigns in heaven, he makes peace in the high places of his abode, preserving harmony in the spheres, and order among angels. Of those his armies there is no counting the number.

The inference he would draw is, if God be thus holy and glorious; and if no mortal can be pure before him, then every one whom he afflicts is impure. Thus men are apt to draw misguided inferences from partial views of providence. Why not listen to a wiser man than Bildad, “Judge nothing before the time.”

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Sutcliffe, Joseph. "Commentary on Job 25". Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments. 1835.