Job 18
GOD'S WORD® Translation

1Then Bildad from Shuah replied [to Job],

2"How long before your words will end? Think it through, and then we'll talk.

3Why do you think of us as cattle? Why are we considered stupid in your eyes?

4Why do you rip yourself apart in anger? Should the earth be abandoned for your sake or a boulder be dislodged?

5"Indeed, the light of the wicked is snuffed out. The flame of his fire stops glowing.

6The light in his tent becomes dark, and the lamp above him is snuffed out.

7"His healthy stride is shortened, and his own planning trips him up.

8His own feet get him tangled in a net as he walks around on its webbing.

9A trap catches his heel. A snare holds him.

10A rope is hidden on the ground for him. A trap is on his path [to catch] him.

11"Terrors suddenly pounce on him from every side and chase him every step he takes.

12Hunger undermines his strength. Disaster is waiting beside him.

13His skin is eaten away by disease. Death's firstborn son eats away at the limbs of his body.

14He is dragged from the safety of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors.

15Fire lives in his tent. Sulfur is scattered over his home.

16His roots dry up under him. His branches wither over him.

17All memory about him will vanish from the earth, and his reputation will not be known on the street corner.

18He will be driven from the light into the dark and chased out of the world.

19He will not have any children or descendants among his people or any survivor where he used to live.

20People in the west are shocked by what happens to him. People in the east are seized with horror.

21This is what happens to the homes of wicked people and to those who do not know God."

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