1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,
2 "Dominion and fear are with him. He makes peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number to his armies? And upon whom does his light not arise?
4 How then can man be justified with God? Or how can he be clean who is born of a woman?
5 Behold, even the moon has no brightness, and the stars are not pure in his sight.
6 How much less is man who is a maggot, and the son of man who is a worm?"
John Gill's Chapter Summary:
This chapter contains Bildad's reply to Job, such a one as it is; in which, declining the controversy between them, he endeavors to dissuade him from attempting to lay his cause before God, and think to justify himself before him, from the consideration of the majesty of God, described by the dominion he is possessed of; the fear creatures stand in of him; the peace he makes in his high places; the number of his armies, and the vast extent of his light (verses 1-3); and from the impossibility of man's being justified with him, or clean before him, argued from there, (verse 4); and which is further illustrated by a comparison of the celestial bodies with men, and by an argument from the greater to the less, that if they lose their luster and purity in his sight, much more man, a mean despicable worm (verses 5-6).