Job proclaims his terrible situation (Job 17:6-17:10)

“He has made me a byword of the peoples.

I am one before whom men spit.

My eye has grown dim from grief,

All my members are like a shadow.

Upright men are appalled at this.

The innocent men stir themselves up against the godless.

Yet the righteous men hold to their way.

They that have clean hands grow stronger and stronger.

But you,

Come back now.

All of you,

I shall not find a sensible person among you.”

Job has become a byword, a fable, or a symbol for the people. People spit at him. His eyes are failing. His body is a shadow of what it once was. Upright people are appalled at him. The innocent and righteous people hold their own, as their clean hands grow stronger each day. However, among the friends of Job, he could not find a sensible man.

Bildad wants Job to consider his ancestors (Job 8:8-8:10)

“For inquire now of bygone generations.

Consider what their ancestors have found.

We are but of yesterday.

We know nothing,

Our days on earth are a shadow.

Will they not teach you and tell you?

Will they utter words out of their understanding?”

Bildad wants Job to remember his ancestors. Since he is not Jewish, he cannot recall Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, or Moses and the Torah. However, his ancestors had great wisdom. He said that we knew nothing today. Our days on earth are like a shadow. Bildad almost sounded Platonic with earthly existence only a shadow to the real world of ideal forms. The ancestors would teach Job. They would help him to understand.