Job 8:2

2 “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.

Job 8:2 in Other Translations

2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
2 "How long will you say these things, and the words of your mouth be a great wind?
2 “How long will you go on like this? You sound like a blustering wind.
2 "How can you keep on talking like this? You're talking nonsense, and noisy nonsense at that.
2 How long will you go on saying these things? Your words are a blast of wind.

Job 8:2 Meaning and Commentary

Job 8:2

How long wilt thou speak these [things]?
&c.] 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?" F7 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.


F7 (hla llmt) "nugaberis haec", Cocceius; "talia", Tigurine version; "talk after this sort?" Broughton.

Job 8:2 In-Context

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:
2 “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind.
3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
5 But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty,

Cross References 2

  • 1. Job 11:2; Job 18:2
  • 2. S 2 Chronicles 36:16; S Job 6:26
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