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Job 18 (New International Reader's Version)

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The Second Speech of Bildad

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied, 2 "Job, when will you stop these speeches of yours? Be reasonable! Then we can talk. 3 Why do you look at us as if we were cattle? Why do you think of us as being stupid? 4 Your anger is tearing you to pieces. Does the earth have to be deserted just to prove you are right? Must all of the rocks be moved from their places? 5 "The lamps of sinful people are blown out. Their flames will never burn again. 6 The lights in their tents become dark. The lamps beside those who are evil go out. 7 They walk more slowly than they used to. Their own evil plans make them fall. 8 Their feet take them into a net. They wander right into it. 9 A trap grabs hold of their heels. It refuses to let them go. 10 A trap lies in their path. A rope to catch them is hidden on the ground. 11 Terrors alarm them on every side. They follow them every step of the way. 12 Trouble would like to eat them up. Danger waits for them when they fall. 13 It eats away parts of their skin. Death itself feeds on their arms and legs. 14 They are torn away from the safety of their tents. They are marched off to the one who rules over death. 15 Fire races through their tents. Burning sulfur is scattered over their homes. 16 Their roots dry up under them. Their branches dry up above them. 17 No one on earth remembers them. Their names are forgotten in the land. 18 They are driven from light into darkness. They are thrown out of the world. 19 Their family dies out among their people. No one is left where they used to live. 20 What has happened to them shocks the people in the west. It terrifies the people in the east. 21 Now you know what the homes of sinners are like. Those who don't know God live in places like that."
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