THE YEAR OF BLOGGING BIBLICALLY: DAY 159
In the 6 short verses of chapter 25, Bildad states that God is great and people are no darn good.
In chapter 26, Job begins with the, by now, customary insults. He then speaks of God's greatness in creation. (Some scholars think this part of the speech actually belongs with Bildad's previous lines). Job's words reflect a different creation myth than the familiar ones from Genesis. Rahab (verse 12, cf. Job 9:13, Psalm 87:4, 89:10, Isaiah 30:7, 51:9) refers to a mythical sea monster and not the harlot with a heart of gold from Joshua 2.
In chapter 27 Job defends his virtue once more. Beginning at verse 7 Job describes the punishment of the wicked, a passage that some scholars think may actually be Zophar's third speech.
Chapter 28 is a poem about the hiddenness of wisdom. The chapter heading in the NIV calls this an "interlude." It does seem somewhat out of place. I suppose it might be Job's reply to Zophar's hypothetical third speech.
Frankly, I don't know.
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