Job 18:3
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New International Version
Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?

New Living Translation
Do you think we are mere animals? Do you think we are stupid?

English Standard Version
Why are we counted as cattle? Why are we stupid in your sight?

New American Standard Bible
"Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?

King James Bible
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why are we regarded as cattle, as stupid in your sight?

International Standard Version
Why do you think we're like dumb animals? Do you think we're stupid?

NET Bible
Why should we be regarded as beasts, and considered stupid in your sight?

New Heart English Bible
Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you think of us as cattle? Why are we considered stupid in your eyes?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, And reputed dull in your sight?

New American Standard 1977
“Why are we regarded as beasts,
            As stupid in your eyes?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why are we counted as beasts? Are we vile in your sight?

King James 2000 Bible
Why are we counted as beasts, and regarded as vile in your sight?

American King James Version
Why are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

American Standard Version
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, And are become unclean in your sight?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why are we reputed as beasts, and counted vile before you?

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed stupid in your sight?

English Revised Version
Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and are become unclean in your sight?

Webster's Bible Translation
Why are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

World English Bible
Why are we counted as animals, which have become unclean in your sight?

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore have we been reckoned as cattle? We have been defiled in your eyes!
Study Bible
Bildad: God Punishes the Wicked
2"How long will you hunt for words? Show understanding and then we can talk. 3"Why are we regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes? 4"O you who tear yourself in your anger-- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 25:3
"He may beat him forty times but no more, so that he does not beat him with many more stripes than these and your brother is not degraded in your eyes.

Job 18:2
"How long will you hunt for words? Show understanding and then we can talk.

Job 18:4
"O you who tear yourself in your anger-- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?

Psalm 73:22
Then I was senseless and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.
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Why are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?

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(3) Wherefore are we counted as beasts.--Referring to Job's words (Job 13:4, &c., Job 16:2, &c.). In this chapter there is a marked increase in his harshness and violence. It has, however, a certain resemblance to Job 8, inasmuch as Bildad works out a simile here, as he did there; and in Job 18:16 the two similes touch. In Job 18:2, which resembles Job 8:2, we must supply, as the Authorised Version does, Will it be ere? or the negative, Will ye not make? &c., or else we must render, "How long [will ye speak thus]? Make an end of words," &c. The plural is used because Job is regarded as the representative of a class, or else as we use the plural instead of the singular in addressing a person.

Verse 3. - Wherefore are we counted as beasts? The allusion is probably to Job 16:10, where Job spoke of his "comforters" as "gaping upon him with their mouths." And reputed vile in your sight! or, reckoned unclean. Job had spoken of his "miserable comforters" as "ungodly and wicked" (Job 16:11), without wisdom (Job 17:10) and without understanding (Job 17:4). But he had not said that they were "unclean." Bildad, therefore, misrepresents him. Wherefore are we counted as beasts,.... This seems to refer to Job 12:7; where Job sends them to the beasts, to get knowledge and instruction; and therefore it was concluded he reckoned them as such, and put them on a level with them, yea, made them inferior to them; or to Job 17:4; where they are represented as destitute of wisdom and understanding, and therefore it is supposed were counted by Job no other than as beasts. Man, by the fall, is indeed become like them, and some are more brutish than they, and all are brutish as to spiritual knowledge and understanding; and those that are most sensible of themselves are ready to acknowledge their ignorance, that they are more brutish than any, and especially are as a beast before God; and particularly with respect to knowledge of the methods of Providence, in regard to his dealings with the righteous and wicked; see Psalm 73:22; and which was the case in controversy between Job and his friends; but yet self-sufficient persons do not care to have their understandings in anything called in question, but like the Pharisees say, "are we blind also?" John 9:40; and take it very hard that they should be reckoned like beasts, void of understanding, when they are the people, and wisdom will die with them:

and reputed vile in your sight? as wicked and profligate persons, the most abandoned of mankind, such as are justly despised by good men, see Psalm 15:4; or "unclean" (h), filthy, polluted, and defiled, as all men are by nature, and as they are in all the powers and faculties of their souls; nor can they make themselves clean, their hearts or their hands; nothing short of the grace of God, and blood of Christ, can cleanse from sin; yet self-righteous persons think themselves clean and pure when they are not washed from their sins, and take it ill of others to be reputed unclean persons: or "shut" (i), stopped up, as the hearts of men are from God and Christ, and the true knowledge of them, and divine things, until opened by him who has the key of the house of David, and opens, and no man shuts; or "hidden" (k), referring to Job 17:4; having a covering over their hearts, and a vail over the eyes of their understandings, so that the things of Providence were hid from them, as sometimes the things of grace are from the wise and prudent; but to be thought that this was their case is resented by Bildad.

(h) "immundi", Drusius, Piscator, Michaelis; so Broughton. (i) "Clausi sumu", Montanus; "obturati sumus", Hebraei, in Mercer. (k) So the Targum. 3. beasts—alluding to what Job said (Job 12:7; so Isa 1:3).

vile—rather from a Hebrew root, "to stop up." "Stubborn," answering to the stupidity implied in the parallel first clause [Umbreit]. Why should we give occasion by your empty speeches for our being mutually reputed, in the sight of Job and one another, as unintelligent? (Job 17:4, 10).18:1-4 Bildad had before given Job good advice and encouragement; here he used nothing but rebukes, and declared his ruin. And he concluded that Job shut out the providence of God from the management of human affairs, because he would not admit himself to be wicked.
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