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