Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked1 Then a Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2 “How long will you b hunt for words?
Consider, and then we will speak.
3 Why are we counted as c cattle?
Why are we stupid in your sight?
4 You who d tear yourself in your anger,
shall the earth be forsaken for you,
or e the rock be removed out of its place?
5 “Indeed, f the light of the wicked is put out,
and the flame of his fire does not shine.
6 The light is g dark in his tent,
and his lamp above him is put out.
7 His strong steps are shortened,
and his h own schemes throw him down.
8 For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
and he walks on its mesh.
9 i A trap seizes him by the heel;
a snare lays hold of him.
10 A rope is hidden for him in the ground,
a trap for him in the path.
11 j Terrors frighten him on every side,
and chase him at his heels.
12 His strength is famished,
and calamity is k ready for his stumbling.
13 It consumes the parts of his skin;
l the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
14 He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
and is brought to m the king of terrors.
15 In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
n sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
16 His o roots dry up beneath,
and his branches p wither above.
17 His q memory perishes from the earth,
and he has no name in the street.
18 r He is thrust from light into darkness,
and driven out of the world.
19 He has no s posterity or progeny among his people,
and no survivor where he used to live.
20 They of the west are appalled at his t day,
and u horror seizes them of the east.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
such is the place of him who v knows not God.”
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