In his closing remarks, Bildad says, “Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.”
It is true that the wicked will be cut off and the righteous will be established in his stead. (See Psalm 37:9) But this is not the joy of God’s way. It does not make God happy to destroy the wicked. Rather, He wants the wicked to be saved. In Ezekiel 33:11, God says, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live.” It does not make God happy to destroy the wicked; it makes Him sad. The wicked person has rejected His Creator and is running away from Him. God wants him to repent and turn around and run right back to his Maker. God will welcome him with open arms.
If the wicked does not repent, God will destroy him – not because this makes God happy, but because God is just. In the place of the wicked, God will raise up the righteous because God will bless those who trust in Him. “For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.” (Psalm 37:17)
Bildad continues, “21Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. 22They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.” (Job 8:21,22)
Bildad did not realize it, but he had just described the blessings Job would one day receive. God would prosper his “habitation of righteousness” and make his latter end so much greater than his beginning. (See v.7) God was going to give Job twice as much as he had before, including ten more children. He had ten children that he would go to one day, and God gave him ten more. His substance was multiplied, his relatives loved him again, his friends wanted to be with him again. Life was going to be beautiful once more. This would not happen for quite a while, but it surely would happen. Then Job's mouth would be filled with laughing and his lips with rejoicing.