1 Then a Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
"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?
"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."