Bildad's Second Speech
After Job speaks several times to his "friends," Bildad takes the opportunity to speak condescendingly to him (cf. Gal. 6:1) - "How long till you put an end to words? Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak. Why are we counted as beasts, and regarded as stupid in your sight? You who tear yourself in anger, shall the earth be forsaken for you? Or shall the rock be removed from its place?" (Job 18:2-4). Bildad's point is that Job was tearing himself to pieces with his sins and that God was not going to change the order of things just for him!

Bildad then, for the remainder of the chapter, launches into a sermon we might call: "The Wicked Always Suffer." He still maintains, incorrectly, that Job is suffering for personal wickedness. Job has not denied that the wicked suffer, but Job does deny that the wicked always suffer immediately. It appears that Bildad has made no real effort to understand Job's arguments. Instead, he would rather presumptuously make many not-so-veiled references to Job's condition (which he believes is a result of sin):

Although Bildad (and others) are convinced of Job's wickedness, they are mistaken. Although this lecture of his describes Job's physical condition, the cause of his suffering is not personal wickedness.