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Job 18

Job 18

Bildad Speaks: God Punishes the Wicked

[1] Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

[2] “How long will you hunt for words?
Consider, and then we will speak.
[3] Why are we counted as cattle?
Why are we stupid in your sight?
[4] You who tear yourself in your anger,
shall the earth be forsaken for you,
or the rock be removed out of its place?

[5] “Indeed, the light of the wicked is put out,
and the flame of his fire does not shine.
[6] The light is dark in his tent,
and his lamp above him is put out.
[7] His strong steps are shortened,
and his own schemes throw him down.
[8] For he is cast into a net by his own feet,
and he walks on its mesh.
[9] 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] Terrors frighten him on every side,
and chase him at his heels.
[12] His strength is famished,
and calamity is ready for his stumbling.
[13] It consumes the parts of his skin;
the firstborn of death consumes his limbs.
[14] He is torn from the tent in which he trusted
and is brought to the king of terrors.
[15] In his tent dwells that which is none of his;
sulfur is scattered over his habitation.
[16] His roots dry up beneath,
and his branches wither above.
[17] His memory perishes from the earth,
and he has no name in the street.
[18] He is thrust from light into darkness,
and driven out of the world.
[19] He has no posterity or progeny among his people,
and no survivor where he used to live.
[20] They of the west are appalled at his day,
and horror seizes them of the east.
[21] Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous,
such is the place of him who knows not God.” (ESV)