Job 18

Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

1 Then Bildad the Shuhite responded *,
2 "How long will you hunt * for words? Show understanding and then we can talk.
3 "Why are we 1regarded as beasts, As stupid in your eyes?
4 "O you who tear yourself in your anger - For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the rock to be moved from its place?
5 "Indeed, the 2light of the wicked goes out, And the flame of his fire gives no light.
6 "The light in his tent is 3darkened, And his lamp goes out above him.
7 "His vigorous stride is shortened, And his 4own scheme brings him down.
8 "For he is 5thrown into the net by his own feet, And he steps on the webbing.
9 "A snare seizes him by the heel, And a trap snaps shut on him.
10 "A noose for him is hidden in the ground, And a trap for him on the path.
11 "All around 6terrors frighten him, And 7harry him at every step.
12 "His strength is 8famished, And calamity is ready at his side.
13 "His skin is devoured by disease, The firstborn of death 9devours his limbs.
14 "He is 10torn from the security of his tent, And they march him before the king of 11terrors.
15 "There dwells in his tent nothing of his; 12Brimstone is scattered on his habitation.
16 "His 13roots are dried below *, And his 14branch is cut off above *.
17 "15Memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name abroad *.
18 "He is driven from light 16into darkness, And 17chased from the inhabited world.
19 "He has no 18offspring or posterity among his people, Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
20 "Those in the west are appalled at 19his fate, And those in the east are seized with horror.
21 "Surely such are the 20dwellings of the wicked, And this is the place of him who does not know God."
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