Chapter eight is Bildad’s first chance to say something. He reiterates that God does not punish the innocent while advancing the guilty. He also states that “When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin” (8:4). Job doesn’t dispute this so perhaps his children were guilty of some crime that was not mentioned in the earlier account of their deaths.
Job’s response in chapters nine and ten affirms the great and awesome nature of God. Job cannot fathom being able to prove his innocence before God. He is in despair and holds God responsible for all things, even the death of the blameless and innocent (9:22f). He again expresses the wish that he had died at birth so as to be spared this suffering (10:19).