Job 8:2
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New International Version
"How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.

New Living Translation
"How long will you go on like this? You sound like a blustering wind.

English Standard Version
“How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?

New American Standard Bible
"How long will you say these things, And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

King James Bible
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How long will you go on saying these things? Your words are a blast of wind.

International Standard Version
"How long will you keep talking like this? How long will you keep talking like a wind storm?

NET Bible
"How long will you speak these things, seeing that the words of your mouth are like a great wind?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How long will you say these things? How long will your words be so windy?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How long wilt thou speak such things and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

King James 2000 Bible
How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

American King James Version
How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

American Standard Version
How long wilt thou speak these things? And how long'shall the words of thy mouth be like a mighty wind?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How long wilt thou speak these things, and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

Darby Bible Translation
How long wilt thou speak these things? and the words of thy mouth be a strong wind?

English Revised Version
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a mighty wind?

Webster's Bible Translation
How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

World English Bible
"How long will you speak these things? Shall the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

Young's Literal Translation
Till when dost thou speak these things? And a strong wind -- sayings of thy mouth?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-7 Job spake much to the purpose; but Bildad, like an eager, angry disputant, turns it all off with this, How long wilt thou speak these things? Men's meaning is not taken aright, and then they are rebuked, as if they were evil-doers. Even in disputes on religion, it is too common to treat others with sharpness, and their arguments with contempt. Bildad's discourse shows that he had not a favourable opinion of Job's character. Job owned that God did not pervert judgment; yet it did not therefore follow that his children were cast-aways, or that they did for some great transgression. Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, sometimes they are the trials of extraordinary graces: in judging of another's case, we ought to take the favorable side. Bildad puts Job in hope, that if he were indeed upright, he should yet see a good end of his present troubles. This is God's way of enriching the souls of his people with graces and comforts. The beginning is small, but the progress is to perfection. Dawning light grows to noon-day.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - How long wilt thou speak these things? An exclamation like that of Cicero, "Quousque tandem?" One or two outbreaks might be pardoned; but to persist was to abuse the patience of his hearers. And how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? literally, be a strong wind; i.e. have all the bluster and vehemence of a tempest, which seeks to carry everything before it by sheer force and fury. The address is rude and unsympathetic.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

How long wilt thou speak these things?.... Either what he had delivered in the "third" chapter in cursing the day of his birth, and wishing for death, in which sentiments he still continued, and resolutely defended; or those expressed in the "two" preceding chapters, in answer to Eliphaz; this he said, as wondering that he should be able to continue his discourse to such a length, and to express himself with such vehemence, when his spirits might be thought to be so greatly depressed by his afflictions, and his body enfeebled by diseases; or as angry with him for his blasphemy against God, as he was ready to term it, his bold and daring speeches of him, and charge of unrighteousness on him, and for his disregard to what Eliphaz had said, his contempt of in and opposition to it; or as impatient at his long reply, wanting him to cease speaking, that he might return an answer, and therefore breaks in upon him before he had well done, see Job 18:2; or as despising what he had said, representing it as idle talk, and as mere trifling; and so some render the words, "how long wilt thou trifle after this sort?" (g) or throw out such nonsense and fabulous stuff as this?

and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? blustering, boisterous, and noisy, to which passionate words, expressed in a loud and sonorous manner, may be compared; and so we say of a man in a passion and rage, that he "storms". Bildad thought that his speeches were hard and rough, and stout against God, and very indecent and unbecoming a creature to his Maker, and not kind and civil to them his friends; and yet they were like wind, vain and empty, great swelling words, but words of vanity; they were spoken, and seemed big, but had nothing solid and substantial in them, as Bildad thought.

(g) "nugaberis haec", Cocceius; "talia", Tigurine version; "talk after this sort?" Broughton.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. like a … wind?—disregarding restraints, and daring against God.

Job 8:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Bildad: Job Should Repent
1Then Bildad the Shuhite answered, 2"How long will you say these things, And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind? 3"Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?…
Cross References
Job 6:26
Do you mean to correct what I say, and treat my desperate words as wind?

Job 8:1
Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

Job 11:2
"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

Jeremiah 5:13
The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them."
Treasury of Scripture

How long will you speak these things? and how long shall the words of your mouth be like a strong wind?

How long.

Job 11:2,3 Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full …

Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

Job 18:2 How long will it be ere you make an end of words? mark, and afterwards …

Job 19:2,3 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words…

Exodus 10:3,7 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus said …

Proverbs 1:22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners …

the words.

Job 6:9,26 Even that it would please God to destroy me; that he would let loose …

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish …

Job 15:2 Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?

1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand on the mount before the LORD. And, …

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