“He turns rivers into a desert.
He turns springs of water into thirsty ground.
He turns fruitful land into a salty waste.
He did this because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
He turns the desert into pools of water.
He turns parched land into springs of water.
There he lets the hungry live.
They establish a town to live in.
They sow fields.
They plant vineyards.
They get a fruitful yield.
By his blessing
They multiply greatly.
He does not let their cattle decrease.”
Yahweh could make rivers into deserts and dry up the land. In fact, he turned fruitful land into a salty waste because of the wickedness of its people. On the other hand, he could turn bad land into good land. He could turn a desert into water and parched land into springs of water. See how important water was. He could let the hungry live and establish their own towns. There they could sow fields and plant vineyards so that they would have a fruitful yield. When Yahweh blesses them they multiply greatly, even their cattle.
“Those who choose another god
Multiply their sorrows.
Their drink offerings of blood,
I will not pour out.
I will not take their names
Upon my lips.”
Those who do not choose Yahweh will multiply their sorrows. The psalmist will not partake in their blood offerings. He will not let their names pass his lips. These idol gods are the opposite of Yahweh. They are not good. Thus they are evil.
“Why do the wicked live on?
Why do they reach old age?
Why do they grow mighty in power?
Their children are established in their presence.
Their offspring are established before their eyes.
Their houses are safe from fear.
No rod of God is upon them.
Their bull breeds without fail.
Their cow calves.
Their cows never miscarry.
They send out their little ones like a flock.
Their children dance around.
They sing to the tambourine and the lyre.
They rejoice to the sound of the pipe.
They spend their days in prosperity.
In peace they go down to Sheol.”
Job was very clear. The wicked live to reach old age. They actually grow stronger. They have many children. Their houses are safe. He did not see any punishment from God coming to them. In fact, their livestock are able to multiply without problems. The little children grew, danced, and sang to musical instruments. They seemed like very happy people. They spent their days in prosperity before they had a peaceful death and entered Sheol. Thus he was refuting the claim of Bildad that the wicked would not have children and not prosper. He maintained the opposite since the wicked seem to do quite well.