Job 18:5-6

5 “The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.
6 The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.

Job 18:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
ESV
5 "Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out, and the flame of his fire does not shine.
NLT
5 “Surely the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. The sparks of their fire will not glow.
MSG
5 "Here's the rule: The light of the wicked is put out. Their flame dies down and is extinguished.
CSB
5 Yes, the light of the wicked is extinguished; the flame of his fire does not glow.

Job 18:5-6 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JOB 18

In this chapter is Bildad's second reply to Job, in which he falls with great fury upon him, very sharply inveighs against him, and very highly charges him; the charges he brings against him are talkativeness and inattention to what was said to him, Job 18:1,2; contempt of his friends, impatience under his affliction, and pride and arrogance, as if the whole world, the course of nature and providence, and God himself all must give way to him, Job 18:3,4; nevertheless, he is assured of the miserable state of a wicked man, sooner or later, which is described by the extinction of his light of prosperity, Job 18:5,6; by the defeat of his counsels, being ensnared in a net laid for him, Job 18:7-10; by the terrible judgments of the sword, famine, and pestilence, by one or the other of which he is brought to death, the king of terrors, Job 18:11-14; by the destruction of his habitation and of his posterity, so that he has none to hear his name, or perpetuate his memory, Job 18:15-17; by his being driven out of the world, leaving no issue behind him, to the astonishment of all that knew him, Job 18:18-20; and the chapter is closed with this observation, that this is the common case of wicked and irreligious persons, Job 18:21.

Job 18:5-6 In-Context

3 Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?
4 You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?
5 “The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out; the flame of his fire stops burning.
6 The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.
7 The vigor of his step is weakened; his own schemes throw him down.
8 His feet thrust him into a net; he wanders into its mesh.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Job 21:17; Job 35:15; Proverbs 13:9; Proverbs 20:20; Proverbs 24:20; Jeremiah 25:10; Matthew 25:8; John 8:12
  • 2. S Job 5:14; Job 12:25; Job 24:17; Job 38:15
  • 3. S Job 8:22
  • 4. S Job 5:14
  • 5. S Job 11:17; S Job 12:25
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