Job 18* Bildad reproves Job. (1-4) Ruin attends the wicked. (5-10) Theruin of the wicked. (11-21)1-4 Bildad had before given Job good advice and encouragement;here he used nothing but rebukes, and declared his ruin. And heconcluded that Job shut out the providence of God from themanagement of human affairs, because he would not admit himselfto be wicked. 5-10 Bildad describes the miserable condition of a wicked man;in which there is much certain truth, if we consider that asinful condition is a sad condition, and that sin will be men'sruin, if they do not repent. Though Bildad thought theapplication of it to Job was easy, yet it was not safe nor just.It is common for angry disputants to rank their opponents amongGod's enemies, and to draw wrong conclusions from importanttruths. The destruction of the wicked is foretold. Thatdestruction is represented under the similitude of a beast orbird caught in a snare, or a malefactor taken into custody.Satan, as he was a murderer, so he was a robber, from thebeginning. He, the tempter, lays snares for sinners whereverthey go. If he makes them sinful like himself, he will make themmiserable like himself. Satan hunts for the precious life. Inthe transgression of an evil man there is a snare for himself,and God is preparing for his destruction. See here how thesinner runs himself into the snare. 11-21 Bildad describes the destruction wicked people are keptfor, in the other world, and which in some degree, often seizesthem in this world. The way of sin is the way of fear, and leadsto everlasting confusion, of which the present terrors of animpure conscience are earnests, as in Cain and Judas. Miserableindeed is a wicked man's death, how secure soever his life was.See him dying; all that he trusts to for his support shall betaken from him. How happy are the saints, and how indebted tothe lord Jesus, by whom death is so far done away and changed,that this king of terrors is become a friend and a servant! Seethe wicked man's family sunk and cut off. His children shallperish, either with him or after him. Those who consult the truehonour of their family, and its welfare, will be afraid ofwithering all by sin. The judgments of God follow the wicked manafter death in this world, as a proof of the misery his soul isin after death, and as an earnest of that everlasting shame andcontempt to which he shall rise in the great day. The memory ofthe just is blessed, but the name of the wicked shall rot, #Pr10:7|. It would be well if this report of wicked men would causeany to flee from the wrath to come, from which their power,policy, and riches cannot deliver them. But Jesus ever liveth todeliver all who trust in him. Bear up then, suffering believers.Ye shall for a little time have sorrow, but your Beloved, yourSaviour, will see you again; your hearts shall rejoice, and yourjoy no man taketh away.
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