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Job 18 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Bildad Speaks of the Wicked

18 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said,

“How long will you hunt for words and continue these speeches?
Do some clear thinking and show understanding and then we can talk.

“Why are we regarded as beasts,
As if [we are] stupid (senseless) in your eyes?

“You who tear yourself apart in anger,
Is the earth to be abandoned for your sake,
Or the rock to be moved out of its place?

“Indeed, the light of the wicked will be put out,
And the flame of his fire will not shine.

“The light will be dark in his tent,
And his lamp beside him will be put out.

“The vigorous stride will be shortened,
And his own counsel and the scheme [in which he trusted] will bring his downfall.

“For the wicked is thrown into a net by his own feet (wickedness),
And he steps on the webbing [of the lattice-covered pit].

“A snare catches him by the heel,
And a trap snaps shut on him.
“A noose is hidden for him on the ground,
And a trap for him on the path.
“Terrors frighten him on every side
And chase at his heels.
“The strength [of the wicked] is famished and weakened,
And disaster is ready at his side [if he stops].
“His skin is devoured by disease;
The firstborn of death [the worst of diseases] consumes his limbs.
“He is torn from his tent which he trusted [for safety],
And he is marched and brought to the king of terrors (death).
“Nothing of his dwells in his tent;
Brimstone (burning sulfur) is scattered over his dwelling [to purify it].
“The roots [of the wicked] are dried up below,
And above, his branch is cut off and withers.
“Memory of him perishes from the earth,
And he has no name on the street.
“He is driven and propelled from light into darkness,
And chased from the inhabited world.
“He has no offspring or prosperity among his people,
Nor any survivor where he sojourned.
“Those in the west are astonished and appalled at his fate,
And those in the east are seized with horror.
“Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked and the ungodly,
And such is the place of him who does not know or recognize or honor God.”

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Job 18 New International Version (NIV)


18 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

“When will you end these speeches?
    Be sensible, and then we can talk.
Why are we regarded as cattle
    and considered stupid in your sight?
You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger,
    is the earth to be abandoned for your sake?
    Or must the rocks be moved from their place?

“The lamp of a wicked man is snuffed out;
    the flame of his fire stops burning.
The light in his tent becomes dark;
    the lamp beside him goes out.
The vigor of his step is weakened;
    his own schemes throw him down.
His feet thrust him into a net;
    he wanders into its mesh.
A trap seizes him by the heel;
    a snare holds him fast.
10 A noose is hidden for him on the ground;
    a trap lies in his path.
11 Terrors startle him on every side
    and dog his every step.
12 Calamity is hungry for him;
    disaster is ready for him when he falls.
13 It eats away parts of his skin;
    death’s firstborn devours his limbs.
14 He is torn from the security of his tent
    and marched off to the king of terrors.
15 Fire resides[a] in his tent;
    burning sulfur is scattered over his dwelling.
16 His roots dry up below
    and his branches wither above.
17 The memory of him perishes from the earth;
    he has no name in the land.
18 He is driven from light into the realm of darkness
    and is banished from the world.
19 He has no offspring or descendants among his people,
    no survivor where once he lived.
20 People of the west are appalled at his fate;
    those of the east are seized with horror.
21 Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man;
    such is the place of one who does not know God.”


  1. Job 18:15 Or Nothing he had remains
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