Job 18

Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

1 Then a Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 "How long till you put an end to words?
Gain understanding, and afterward we will speak.
3 Why are we counted b as beasts,
And regarded as stupid in your sight?
4 c You 1 who tear yourself in anger,
Shall the earth be forsaken for you?
Or shall the rock be removed from its place?

5 "The d light of the wicked indeed goes out,
And the flame of his fire does not shine.
6 The light is dark in his tent,
e And his lamp beside him is put out.
7 The steps of his strength are shortened,
And f his own counsel casts him down.
8 For g he is cast into a net by his own feet,
And he walks into a snare.
9 The net takes him by the heel,
And h a snare lays hold of him.
10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground,
And a trap for him in the road.
11 i Terrors frighten him on every side,
And drive him to his feet.
12 His strength is starved,
And j destruction is ready at his side.
13 It devours patches of his skin;
The firstborn of death devours his 2 limbs.
14 He is uprooted from k the shelter of his tent,
And they parade him before the king of terrors.
15 They dwell in his tent who are none of his;
Brimstone is scattered on his dwelling.
16 l His roots are dried out below,
And his branch withers above.
17 m The memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name 3 among the renowned.
18 4 He is driven from light into darkness,
And chased out of the world.
19 n He has neither son nor posterity among his people,
Nor any remaining in his dwellings.
20 Those 5 in the west are astonished o at his day,
As those 6 in the east are frightened.
21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked,
And this is the place of him who p does not know God."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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