Job 18
Contemporary English Version
Bildad's Second Speech

How Long Will You Talk?

1Bildad from Shuah+ said:

2How long will you talk?

Be sensible! Let us speak.

3Or do you think that we

are dumb animals?

4You cut yourself in anger.

Will that shake the earth

or even move the rocks?

* 5 The lamps of sinful people

soon are snuffed out,

6leaving their tents dark.

7Their powerful legs become weak,

and they stumble on schemes

of their own doing.

* 8Before they know it,

9they are trapped in a net,

10hidden along the path.

11Terror strikes and pursues

from every side.

12Starving, they run,

only to meet disaster,

13then afterwards to be eaten alive

by death itself.

14Those sinners are dragged

from the safety of their tents

to die a gruesome death.

15Then their tents and possessions

are burned to ashes,

16and they are left like trees,

dried up from the roots.

17They are gone and forgotten,

18thrown far from the light

into a world of darkness,

19without any children

to carry on their name.

20Everyone, from east to west,

is overwhelmed with horror.

21Such is the fate of sinners

and their families

who don't know God.


18.1 Shuah: See the note at 2.11.

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