Job 18 TNIV

Bildad

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite1 replied:

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2 "When will you end these speeches?2 Be sensible, and then we can talk.

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3 Why are we regarded as cattle3 and considered stupid in your sight?4

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4 You who tear yourself5 to pieces in your anger,6 is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?7

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5 "The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out;8 the flame of his fire stops burning.9

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6 The light in his tent10 becomes dark;11 the lamp beside him goes out.12

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7 The vigor13 of his step is weakened;14 his own schemes15 throw him down.16

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8 His feet thrust him into a net;17 he wanders into its mesh.

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9 A trap seizes him by the heel; a snare18 holds him fast.19

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10 A noose20 is hidden for him on the ground; a trap21 lies in his path.22

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11 Terrors23 startle him on every side24 and dog25 his every step.

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12 Calamity26 is hungry27 for him; disaster28 is ready for him when he falls.29

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13 It eats away parts of his skin;30 death's firstborn devours his limbs.31

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14 He is torn from the security of his tent32 and marched off to the king33 of terrors.34

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      15 Fire residesa in his tent;35 burning sulfur36 is scattered over his dwelling.

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        • a 18:15 - Or "Nothing he had remains"
          16 His roots dry up below37 and his branches wither above.38

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          17 The memory of him perishes from the earth;39 he has no name40 in the land.41

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          18 He is driven from light into the realm of darkness42 and is banished43 from the world.44

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              19 He has no offspring45 or descendants46 among his people, no survivor47 where once he lived.48

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              20 People of the west are appalled49 at his fate;50 those of the east are seized with horror.

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              21 Surely such is the dwelling51 of an evil man;52 such is the place53 of one who knows not God."54

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