18:14 the king of terrors. The Canaanites understood death as a god whose one lip touched the earth and the other the heavens, so that he swallowed up everything. According to Bildad, “the firstborn of death” following in the footsteps of his father, eats away the skin and devours the limbs of the wicked. According to Is. 25:8, the Lord will “swallow up death forever” (1 Cor. 15:54).