Job 18
Attack from a friend
1Bildad from Shuah answered:
2How long? Would you all stop talking.
Try to understand and then we can speak.
3Why are we considered beasts,
ignorant in your sight?
4To you who tear yourself in rage—
will earth be forsaken for your sake,
a rock be dislodged from its place?
Evil people’s fate
5To be sure, the light of the wicked goes out;
the blaze of their fire doesn’t shine.
6The light in their tent becomes dark,
and their lamp above doesn’t shine.
7Their strong strides slow down;
their plans trip themselves.
8They are caught by their feet in a net;
they walk on mesh.
9A trap grabs them by the heel;
a snare tightens on them.
10A rope is hidden on the ground for them;
a trap for them along the path.
11Terrors round about scare them;
they follow their steps.
12Their offspring hunger;
calamity is ready for their spouses.
13It eats some of their skin.
Death’s firstborn consumes their limbs.
14They are snatched from the safety of their tent;
it parades them before the king of terrors.
15Nothing they own remains in their tent;
sulfur is scattered over their home.
16Their roots dry out below;
their branches wither above.
17The memory of them will perish from the earth;
they will achieve no recognition abroad.
18They are thrust from light into darkness,
banished from the world.
19They have no offspring or descendants among their people,
no survivor in their dwelling place.
20Their successors are appalled at what happens to them;
their predecessors pull their hair.
21These are surely the dwelling places of the evil;
this is the place of the one who doesn’t know God.
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