Job 18:5 (ESV)

5 “Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine.

It will not help Job to rage against God’s justice and to deny that it applies to him. The fact remains: sin and wickedness lead to destruction.

Bildad’s statement is affirmed in other wisdom texts in the Bible (such as Psalm 1:1–6 and the book of Proverbs; see Proverbs 13:9). However, Bildad lacks the balance that is found in biblical wisdom texts. The book of Proverbs is not meant to be a set of iron rules. As long as we live in a broken world, there will always be exceptions to the general principle of retribution (see Psalm 13:1–6; Proverbs 19:10).