Job 18

Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

1Then a  Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “How long will you b  hunt for words?
Consider, and then we will speak.
3Why are we counted as c  cattle?
Why are we stupid in your sight?
4You 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.
6The light is g  dark in his tent,
and his lamp above him is put out.
7His strong steps are shortened,
and his h  own schemes throw him down.
8For 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.
10A 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.
12His strength is famished,
and calamity is k  ready for his stumbling.
13It consumes the parts of his skin;
l  the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
14He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
and is brought to m  the king of terrors.
15In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
n  sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
16His o  roots dry up beneath,
and his branches p  wither above.
17His 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.
19He has no s  posterity or progeny among his people,
and no survivor where he used to live.
20They of the west are appalled at his t  day,
and u  horror seizes them of the east.
21Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
such is the place of him who v  knows not God.”
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