Job 18

Bildad’s Second Speech1

18:1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered:

18:2 “How long until you2 make an end of words?3

You must consider,4 and then5 we can talk.

18:3 Why should we be regarded as beasts,

and considered stupid6 in your sight?

18:4 You who tear yourself7 to pieces in your anger,

will the earth be abandoned8 for your sake?

Or will a rock be moved from its place?9

18:5 “Yes,10 the lamp11 of the wicked is extinguished;

his flame of fire12 does not shine.

18:6 The light in his tent grows dark;

his lamp above him is extinguished.13

18:7 His vigorous steps14 are restricted,15

and his own counsel throws him down.16

18:8 For he has been thrown into a net by his feet17

and he wanders into a mesh.18

18:9 A trap19 seizes him by the heel;

a snare20 grips him.

18:10 A rope is hidden for him21 on the ground

and a trap for him22 lies on the path.

18:11 Terrors23 frighten him on all sides

and dog24 his every step.

18:12 Calamity is25 hungry for him,26

and misfortune is ready at his side.27

18:13 It eats away parts of his skin;28

the most terrible death29 devours his limbs.

18:14 He is dragged from the security of his tent,30

and marched off31 to the king32 of terrors.

18:15 Fire resides in his tent;33

over his residence burning sulfur is scattered.

18:16 Below his roots dry up,

and his branches wither above.

18:17 His memory perishes from the earth,

he has no name in the land.34

18:18 He is driven35 from light into darkness

and is banished from the world.

18:19 He has neither children nor descendants36 among his people,

no survivor in those places he once stayed.37

18:20 People of the west38 are appalled at his fate;39

people of the east are seized with horror,40 saying,41

18:21 ‘Surely such is the residence42 of an evil man;

and this is the place of one who has not known God.’”43

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